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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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In other words, melancholia is potentially a productive and active mode through which to perceive the world and form memories and knowledge, instead of a depressive force that hinders action.
Surpassing Trauma, Melancholia and Shame through Queer Performance
This possibility of modification through film is much more palpable in Melancholia, which is more philosophically Heideggerian than either of Emmerich's films.
The antithetical perspectives of the siblings set up a tension between the competing philosophies that inform Melancholia.
As such, the activation of the creative and emancipatory potential of melancholia in her last novel ought to be seen as a poignant, self-aware, and inconclusive effort "to speak to, or motivate, the vastly diversified whole that is humankind" (174).
This approach combines an exemplary explanation of melancholia with well-chosen practical examples that provide the reader with a comprehensive treatment of the subject.
Bejel concludes the book with a call for "resisting Cuban melancholia," a process that involves producing and maintaining a critical distance from the Martian visual archive in order to pre-empt the "mystifying reverence [and] hegemonic aura" that it has accrued over so many decades.
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.
Melancholia Director: Lars von Trier Duration: 2 hours 9 minutes Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgacrd, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg, John Hurt and Charlotte Rampling.
In Lars von Trier's recent film, Melancholia, the prospect of apocalypse receives an interpretation that neither fuels the disease nor will (alas) reap massive profits.