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