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The Poetics of Grief and Melancholy in East-West Conflicts and Reconciliations

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  • aims at the pursuit of a contemporary theorization of grief and melancholy beyond its modern limits
  • examines the representation, aesthetics and dichotomy of the notions of grief and melancholy in global exchanges
  • explores the topic in the dimensions of individual behaviors under specific social norms and cultural products

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This book is a collection of academic essays that examines the representation, esthetics and dichotomy of the notions of grief and melancholy in East–West exchanges and cultural dialogues. It explores the topic in the dimensions of individual behaviors under specific social norms and cultural products such as literature, film and any other forms of arts/genres, etc.

In his 1917 work Mourning and Melancholia (Trauer und Melancholie), Sigmund Freud connected the grief of loss with melancholic emotions which may give rise to acts of mourning. He suggested that “[i]n mourning it is the world which has become poor and empty; in melancholia it is the ego itself” (Freud, 1917: 246). Inspired by Freud’s stance and with the goal of providing up-to-date intellectual resources for academics, researchers and students with ardent interests in the varying exemplifications of grief and melancholy in Sino-Western contexts, the book serves more than a discussion over the pragmatic and ritualistic connections of grief and melancholy in relation to the inner self and the external world. It aims at the pursuit of a contemporary theorization of grief and melancholy beyond its modern limits.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. The Various Forms of Grief and Melancholy in Contemporary Hong Kong Discourses

Editors and Affiliations

  • Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Chi Sum Garfield Lau, Kelly Kar Yue Chan

About the editors

Lau, Chi Sum Garfield obtained her PhD in English Language and Literature from Hong Kong Baptist University. She is an Assistant Professor in Hong Kong Metropolitan University. She is responsible for courses in English Language and Literature at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her areas of interest include Modernism, Psychoanalytic Criticism and Comparative Studies.


Chan, Kar Yue Kelly completed her undergraduate degree and her master's degree both in the discipline of Translation and Interpretation at the City University of Hong Kong. She then finished her PhD in Classical Chinese Literature at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. She is currently an Associate Professor in language and translation at Hong Kong Metropolitan University, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses on culture and translation, and literary translation. Her research interests include literary translation, women's studies in classical Chinese society, classical Chinese literature (poetry), and translation of Cantonese opera.

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