By Jonathan Flatley
The wonderful declare of this booklet is that residing on loss isn't unavoidably miserable. as a substitute, Jonathan Flatley argues, embracing depression could be a street again to touch with others and will lead humans to productively remap their courting to the area round them. Flatley demonstrates probably disparate set of modernist writers and thinkers confirmed how aesthetic job may give us the skill to realize and alter our relation to loss.
The texts on the heart of Flatley’s analysis—Henry James’s Turn of the Screw, W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk, and Andrei Platonov’s Chevengur—share with Freud an curiosity in figuring out the miserable results of adverse losses and with Walter Benjamin the wish that loss itself may possibly turn into a way of connection and the foundation for social transformation. For Du Bois, Platonov, and James, the focal point on depression illuminates either the ancient origins of subjective emotional lifestyles and a heretofore unarticulated neighborhood of melancholics. The affective maps they produce make attainable the conversion of a depressive melancholia right into a method to have an interest on the earth.
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In fact, we are often ignorant of the determinative effect our moods have on the world we see and how we 22 • Glossary relate to it. It is usually when moods are suddenly disrupted or when a mood is particularly dramatic or intense that we notice it as such. More often we make our judgments about the world as if they were rational, sensible, not determined by something as subjective as mood: some particular colleague offends one because he or she is insensitive or rude, not because one is anxious or irritable; one likes the film because it was a good film, not because one was in a good mood following an especially stimulating dinner with friends, and so forth.
And they are lived and felt in ways that are variable over time. ” When certain objects produce a certain set of affects in certain contexts for certain groups of people— that is a structure of feeling. And sometimes structures of feeling are personal and idiosyncratic, but more often they are not: a social group of which the subject is a member shares them. Thus we can talk about particular working-class structures of feeling, or masculine ones, or Russian ones. Generational style, class tastes, shifts in linguistic usage— these are the elements of “practical consciousness” that Williams wants to be able to describe.
Kramer calls for nothing less than an end to depression, arguing we should devote ourselves to this task in the same way that we would combat any major, debilitative disease. While Kramer makes a strong case that there is no reason to think that major depressive episodes are anything worth celebrating, the category of disease on which he insists tends to categorically isolate major depression from other, less severe depressions that may not be as damaging, and also from the depressive personality, a locus of considerable reflection in Listening to Prozac.
Affective Mapping: Melancholia and the Politics of Modernism by Jonathan Flatley