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The Persistence of Melancholia in Arts and Culture

1st Edition

Edited by Andrea Bubenik


226 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 40 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the history and continuing relevance of melancholia as an amorphous but richly suggestive theme in literature, music, and visual culture, as well as philosophy and the history of ideas. Inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s engraving Melencolia I (1514)—the first visual representation of artistic melancholy—this volume brings together contributions by scholars from a variety of disciplines. Topics include: Melencolia I and its reception; how melancholia inhabits landscapes, soundscapes, figures and objects; melancholia in medical and psychological contexts; how melancholia both enables and troubles artistic creation; and Sigmund Freud’s essay "Mourning and Melancholia" (1917).

Table of Contents

Introduction - The Persistence of Melancholia Andrea Bubenik; Chapter 1 - Hearts on Fire: Renaissance Portraiture and Erotic Melancholy Laurinda S. Dixon; Chapter 2 - Between the Angel and the Dog: Dürer’s Melancholy Community Drew Daniel; Chapter 3 - Dürer, Music, and Melencolia I Denis Collins; Chapter 4 - The Shape of Things to Come: Dürer’s Polyhedron Andrea Bubenik; Chapter 5 - On Vanishing Land (2013): The Eerie, W.G.Sebald, and English Hauntology Rex Butler; Chapter 6 - After the End: The Temporality of Melancholia Amelia Barikin; Chapter 7- The Melancholy Art Michael Ann Holly; Chapter 8 - Temporal Turbulence: In Praise of Anachronism Mieke Bal; Chapter 9 - Facing Melancholia: Racial Implications of the Disengaged Gaze Sally Butler; Chapter 10 - The Melancholic Horizon in Australian Landscape Art Allison Holland; Chapter 11 - Against a Melancholic Art History: The Afterlife of Images Chari Larsson

About the Editor

Andrea Bubenik is Senior Lecturer in Art History at The University of Queensland, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Renaissance
ART / Individual Artists / General
ART / Prints
HISTORY / Europe / Germany
HISTORY / Renaissance
MUSIC / History & Criticism