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MELANCHOLIA, med. jur. A name given by the ancients to a species of partial intellectual mania, now more generally known by the name of monomania. (q.v.) It bore this name because it was supposed to be always attended by dejection of mind and gloomy ideas. Vide Mania.,

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Lars von Trier's Melancholia offers a more subversive understanding of death when compared to The Day After Tomorrow and 2012.
Such a state blocks these protagonists' self-control and agency, and their lives appear structured by the melancholic symptoms of anxiety, unease, failure and crisis, often expressed in the self-beratement which characterises melancholia.
As we come to the last page of the book, we encounter the summary statement: "By examining the history of melancholia and depression, we can see that the depressed patient is not reducible to a biochemical deficient machine, but an individual embedded in a complex social environment" (p.
On one level, planet Melancholia represents death; that foreboding destiny each and every human must face.
Claire is worried and, tracing the "dance of death" flight path of Melancholia in its projected "fly-by," she should be.
The director's infamous attempt to explain his current aesthetic penchant in a press conference at Cannes this past May caused the festival to declare him persona non grata, while nevertheless allowing Melancholia to remain in competition.
The 29-year-old actress -who stars in the film as bride Justine, who is struggling to enjoy celebrating her wedding, while at the same time planet Melancholia is heading towards Earth - attended the premiere at the Curzon, Mayfair in London last night.
What makes Freud's theory of melancholia responsive to the predicament of race in the United States is that it seems directly to address how intersubjective--and thus social estrangement may produce in persons an unending experience of emotional strife.
The winning title was selected from seven shortlisted titles, which also included: Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present by Lisa Appignanesi; Coda by Simon Gray; The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression by Darian Leader; The Devil Within: A Memoir of Depression by Stephanie Merritt; The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment by Dr Joanna Moncrieff; and Coming Back to Me: The Autobiography of Marcus Trescothick by Marcus Trescothick, with Peter Hayter.
This is the argument "Some Losses Remain with Us" makes as it puts psychoanalytic theorizations of Sigmund Freud's concept of melancholia and Jacques Derrida's post-structuralist reading of Karl Marx's work on specters in conversation with Wilson's play to uncover a paradigm for understanding a cultural melancholy.
Disavowal, the ignoring of the trace, cannot realize the undoing of self that occurs in melancholia.
Clifton Spargo, by providing a cogent overview of the body of twentieth-century writings on mourning and melancholia, beginning, necessarily, with Freud's eponymously titled 1917 essay.