Melancholy as Heroism

Another fragment from Peter Kramer’s eloquent There’s Nothing Deep About Depression article:

Through the “anxiety of influence,” heroic melancholy cast its shadow far forward, onto romanticism and existentialism. At a certain point, the transformation begun in the Renaissance reaches completion. It is no longer that melancholy leads to heroism. Melancholy is heroism. The challenge is not battle but inner strife. The rumination of the depressive, however solipsistic, is deemed admirable. Repeatedly, melancholy returns to fashion.

I hope this taste will tease you into the article. It’s a great read.

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“Depression is melancholy minus its charms.” ― Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor