Affective mapping : melancholia and the politics of by Flatley, Jonathan; Du Bois, William Edward Burghardt; James, PDF

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

ISBN-10: 0674030788

ISBN-13: 9780674030787

ISBN-10: 0674036964

ISBN-13: 9780674036963

The incredible declare of this publication is that living on loss isn't really inevitably miserable. in its place, Jonathan Flatley argues, embracing depression could be a highway again to touch with others and will lead humans to productively remap their dating to the realm round them. Flatley demonstrates doubtless disparate set of modernist writers and thinkers confirmed how aesthetic task can provide us the ability to appreciate 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 inauspicious losses and with Walter Benjamin the wish that loss itself may possibly turn into a method of connection and the root for social transformation. For Du Bois, Platonov, and James, the point of interest on depression illuminates either the ancient origins of subjective emotional existence and a heretofore unarticulated neighborhood of melancholics. The affective maps they produce make attainable the conversion of a depressive melancholia right into a method to have an interest within the world.

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36 Among the many advices, observations, theories, and cures proposed in The Anatomy (to which I could not hope to do justice here) is the idea that melancholy is a state of interior disorder; by analogy, one may also speak of melancholy states or nations. In his Melancholy and Society, Wolf Lepenies picks up on this idea to argue that Burton creates his utopia (the first in English, which takes up the first few hundred pages of The Anatomy) by way of a negation of this disordered melancholy. There is thus for Lepenies a dialectical and mutually constituting relationship between melancholy and utopia, one that can be traced through different historical moments, in which utopian thinking is motivated by the desire to find a remedy for melancholia.

21 Other symptoms regularly referred to include feelings of hopelessness, an inability to experience pleasure or to sustain interest, self-loathing, guilt and shame, a tendency toward suicide, and a range of physical difficulties such as sleep disturbance, flatulence, and coldness in the hands and feet. If there is some consistency in descriptions of a certain experience, quite variable have been understandings of its origins, just what type of condition it is, how it relates to other forms of human experience, what its value might be, and how we might cure it, if indeed cure is seen to be necessary.

For example, depression is a mood, not a structure of feeling; however, we might describe the particular depression of the Russian peasant in the steppe in the 1920s as a structure of feeling, or the depression of the residents of a decimated New Orleans after Katrina as a structure of feeling. Or, to return to an earlier example, we might talk about the structures of feeling created by the civil rights movement and the Black Panthers, structures of feeling that were mobilized within the Stimmung that allowed the 1967 rebellion against the police in Detroit to happen.

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