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melancholia

[‚mel·ən′kō·lē·ə]
(psychology)
A disordered mental condition of psychotic proportion characterized by severe depression.
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In his work on Mourning and Melancholia, Sigmund Freud modernised the concept to its current stature.
In examining the affect of shame as a narrative of possibility within the fields of trauma and queer studies, the present article relies on interdisciplinary theoretical insights that seek to challenge classical psychoanalytic accounts of affects, mourning and melancholia: namely, from Silvan Tomkins' revolutionary theory of affects, coined in the 1950s, through more recent elaborations of affects defined not only as powerful spatial emotions "effecting displacement and effacement in its subjects" (Munt Queer Attachments 80) but also as structures of feeling which can incorporate a productive account of personal, communal and national identities (Sedgwick 2003; Ahmed 2004, 2010; Munt 2008; Munoz 2009; Gregg and Seighworth 2010; Eng 2010; Cvetkovick 2012).
This possibility of modification through film is much more palpable in Melancholia, which is more philosophically Heideggerian than either of Emmerich's films.
This is a film with two distinct halves--identified in the film as 'Part One: Justine' and 'Part Two: Claire'--which come to increasingly merge through the overall film form; the narrative depicts two sisters' very different responses to the arrival of rogue planet Melancholia, while film language is used to stylistically register their responses.
Modernism and Melancholia's three representative countermourning novels are Bely's Petersburg, Kafka's The Castle, and Woolf's Between the Acts.
This approach combines an exemplary explanation of melancholia with well-chosen practical examples that provide the reader with a comprehensive treatment of the subject.
From Melancholia to Prozac, written by English literary scholar Clark Lawlor, offers a unique and insightful journey documenting the human struggle to define and treat depression from ancient Greece to modern times.
Compared to Taia's previous autobiographical texts, An Arab Melancholia is somewhat more innovative in terms of narrative structure but covers similar thematic terrain.
Twinkling taste of 60s folk melancholia that's as soft as falling snow as he unashamedly slips into poetic mode.
5.Melancholia (2011): Set against the backdrop of a wedding, this film chronicles the impending collision of the planet Melancholia with Earth.