ECS 311 / FRE 316 / COM 399 (EC)

From Black Bile to Digital Depression: Melancholy in Theory, Art, and Media

Thomas A. Trezise

The seminar explores concepts and representations of melancholy in ancient and pre-modern medicine, medieval theology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, European art since the Romantic ear (painting, literature, and film), critical theory, social media, and ethnography. Course material has been chosen both for contextualization of melancholy (or depressive) condition in the history of European culture and for variety of interpretive approaches. Among major issues to be considered are the human experience of loss and the situation of the person in society.

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