FAÂ¶ldA(c)nyi begins with a tour of the history of the word melancholy, from ancient Greece to the medieval era, the Renaissance, and modern times. He finds the meaning of melancholy has always been ambiguous, even paradoxical. In our own times it may be regarded either as a psychic illness or a mood familiar to everyone. The author analyzes the complexities of melancholy and concludes that its dual nature reflects the inherent tension of birth and mortality. To understand the melancholic disposition is to find entry to some of the deepest questions one's life.
This distinguished translation brings FAÂ¶ldA(c)nyi's work directly to English-language readers for the first time.
- Format: EPUB
- Pages: 360 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 26/04/2016
- Category: Literary essays
- ISBN: 9780300220698