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Modernism and Melancholia: Writing as Countermourning

Sanja Bahun


Modernism and melancholia share intellectual fate: being at once categories, conditions, discourses, modes of expression, and social projects, they feed on their own ambiguity. But modernism and melancholia also share a history: it was in the cultural-historical period we tentatively term ‘modernism’ that a fundamental shift in our understanding of melancholia occurred. So, what is the relationship between modernism and melancholia, and how this twine further relates to the history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century? What is the social value of the associated cluster of symboli ... More

Keywords: modernism, melancholia, history, the modernist novel, andrei bely, franz kafka, virginia woolf, sigmund freud

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199977956
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977956.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanja Bahun, author
University of Essex