"Since the inception of philosophy, the question of melancholy in intimately
connected with creativity. Thus, Aristode could say that creative people - poets and
philosophers - are melancholic people. In contemporary discourses, the question of
melancholy has once again acquired its decisive importance. No longer tied to the old
conception of the genius, and no longer seen as reducible to a psycho-pathological
disorder, melancholy is now seen as the fundamental attunement between us and the world.
To think again of this fascinating question of melancholy in the light of contemporary
thought is the task that this edited volume undertakes. The contributions are
trans-disciplinary in nature, drawing on different disciplines like Psychoanalysis,
Cultural Theory, Medical Studies, Sociological Studies and Aesthetic theories."