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By Flatley, Jonathan; Du Bois, William Edward Burghardt; James, Henry; Platonov, Andreĭ Platonovich

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The awesome declare of this e-book is that residing on loss isn't inevitably miserable. as a substitute, Jonathan Flatley argues, embracing depression could be a street again to touch with others and will lead humans to productively remap their courting to the realm round them. Flatley demonstrates possible disparate set of modernist writers and thinkers confirmed how aesthetic job may give us the capability to understand and alter our relation to loss.

The texts on the heart of Flatley’s analysis―Henry James’s Turn of the Screw, W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk, and Andrei Platonov’s Chevengur―share with Freud an curiosity in knowing the miserable results of adverse losses and with Walter Benjamin the desire that loss itself might develop into a way of connection and the root for social transformation. For Du Bois, Platonov, and James, the point of interest on depression illuminates either the historic origins of subjective emotional lifestyles and a heretofore unarticulated neighborhood of melancholics. The affective maps they produce make attainable the conversion of a depressive melancholia right into a option to have an interest within the world.

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This would become a central tension in considerations of the relationship between melancholy and aesthetics. The Renaissance interest in the relationship between melancholy and genius and the corresponding popularity of melancholy was revived in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. ”40 Kant writes positively of melancholy in his Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime. At least on a thematic level, across this range of texts, melancholia is presented as a kind of mode of intensified reflection and self-consciousness, and the suffering accompanying it as a soul-ennobling force.

In fact, we are often ignorant of the determinative effect our moods have on the world we see and how we 22 • Glossary relate to it. It is usually when moods are suddenly disrupted or when a mood is particularly dramatic or intense that we notice it as such. More often we make our judgments about the world as if they were rational, sensible, not determined by something as subjective as mood: some particular colleague offends one because he or she is insensitive or rude, not because one is anxious or irritable; one likes the film because it was a good film, not because one was in a good mood following an especially stimulating dinner with friends, and so forth.

That said, in “Mourning and Melancholia,” Freud observes that the more persistent state of melancholia shares the characteristics of Modernism and Melancholia • 45 mourning but is more confusing to the observer, because the instigating loss is often unclear, even or especially to the melancholic herself or himself. Therefore, in his effort to make sense of melancholia, Freud places a great deal of weight on the one unique feature of melancholia, its self-critical, self-deriding aspect. “The distinguishing mental features of melancholia,” Freud writes, “are a profoundly painful dejection, cessation of interest in the outside world, loss of the capacity to love, inhibition of all activity, and a lowering of the self-regarding feelings to a degree that finds utterance in self-reproaches and self-revilings, and culminates in a delusional expectation of punishment” (MM, 244).

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