By Ann Cvetkovich
In melancholy: A Public Feeling, Ann Cvetkovich combines memoir and demanding essay looking for methods of writing approximately melancholy as a cultural and political phenomenon that provide choices to clinical versions. She describes her personal adventure of the pro pressures, artistic nervousness, and political hopelessness that ended in highbrow blockage whereas she used to be completing her dissertation and writing her first publication. development at the insights of the memoir, within the severe essay she considers the concept that feeling undesirable constitutes the lived adventure of neoliberal capitalism.
Cvetkovich attracts on an strange archive, together with bills of early Christian acedia and religious depression, texts connecting the histories of slavery and colonialism with their violent present-day legacies, and utopian areas made from lesbian feminist practices of crafting. She herself seeks to craft a queer cultural research that money owed for melancholy as a historic class, a felt adventure, and some extent of access into discussions approximately thought, modern tradition, and lifestyle. melancholy: A Public Feeling means that utopian visions can dwell in day-by-day conduct and practices, equivalent to writing and yoga, and it highlights the centrality of somatic and felt event to political activism and social transformation.
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Extra resources for Depression: a public feeling
Or as Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick puts it, “As far as I can tell, current popular thought seems to understand depression in terms of a kind of chronic natural gloominess, on the one hand, or alternatively as a completely exogenous malady, from who knows where, that is liable to descend on its unsuspecting host until heroically routed by medicine and positive mental hygiene” (“Teaching/Depression”). 34. See Duggan, The Twilight of Equality? For more on the dismantling of public education and the university, see Readings, The University in Ruins; Newfield, Ivy and Industry and, especially, Unmaking the Public University.
Com/. 23. Although the affective turn is sometimes characterized as a turn away from theory or even a sign of the exhaustion of theory, this is certainly not the case for Public Feelings or more generally, for the scholarship generated by the affective turn remains inspired by cultural and social theory. Theoretical insights may, however, be embedded in particular cases and local examples, discovery of and accounting for which can be the result of larger theoretical questions. My focus on depression as a Public Feelings project, for example, Notes to Introduction 217 constitutes an effort to use depression as a way of investigating larger questions about everyday life and politics.
More space for “creativity” Introduction 23 also means a higher tolerance for “impasse,” which is sometimes the only route to new thinking and to the creation of stronger, more resilient communities that can do work in the world. I have found my work with various Public Feelings groups sustaining because they have been able to make me feel that work that didn’t make sense actually did. 42 Writing Depression This book is divided into two halves, the first of which consists of the memoir that provided the seed for this project—an episodic account of the troubled path to finishing my dissertation and writing my first book.