The Morbidity of Culture: Melancholy, Trauma, Illness and Dying in Literature and Film

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The essay collection focuses on morbid phenomena such as melancholy, trauma, illness and death which engage with questions of "cultural vitality" and "cultural mortality". The figurations and representations of social pathologies not only display time in its existential drama, but furthermore show a paradox inherent to processes of decay: in passing lies a certain accumulation of life. Thus the morbid indicates the presence of the living, although it intentionally prefigures death. The collection points to the complex ...

The Morbidity of Culture: Melancholy, Trauma, Illness and Dying in Literature and Film 2012, Peter Lang AG, Bern

ISBN-13: 9783631636145

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