The Literature of Melancholia

Early Modern to Postmodern

  • Martin Middeke
  • Christina Wald

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Melancholia as a Sense of Loss: An Introduction

    1. Martin Middeke, Christina Wald
      Pages 1-19
  3. The Melancholic Tradition, Creativity and Gender: Early Modern to Eighteenth Century

  4. Nature, History and Nostalgia: The Melancholia of Romanticism and Beyond

  5. Melancholia and (Post-)Colonialism: From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century

  6. Postmodernism and Post-Melancholia? Ethics and Aesthetics in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 268-271

About this book


This collection analyzes philosophical, psycho-analytic and aesthetic contexts of the discourse of melancholia in British and postcolonial literature and culture and seeks to trace the multi-faceted phenomenon of melancholia from the early modern period to the present. Texts discussed range from Shakespeare and Milton to Coetzee and Barker.


aesthetics culture English literature Europe Great Britain John Milton novel poem postmodernism Robert Louis Stevenson Tradition William Shakespeare

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Middeke
    • 1
    • 2
  • Christina Wald
    • 1
  1. 1.Augsburg UniversityGermany
  2. 2.University of JohannesburgSouth Africa

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