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The Melancholy AssemblageAffect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance$
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Drew Daniel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251278

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251278.001.0001

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Epilogue Disassembling Melancholy

Epilogue Disassembling Melancholy

(p.229) Epilogue Disassembling Melancholy
The Melancholy Assemblage

Drew Daniel

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the question of melancholy as “matter,” explains how and why melancholy still matters, and where it continues to circulate. It first reviews the various definitions of the phrase “melancholy assemblage” and looks at the oddly polychronic position of melancholy within neuro-reductionist research on the brain science of emotion. It then places melancholy against the hostile ontological backdrop of recent work in “object oriented” philosophy. Finally, it discusses the material poetics of melancholy assemblages at the present time by offering a critical reading of Striborg’s “depressive black metal” and Lars Von Trier’s 2011 film Melancholia.

Keywords:   melancholy, melancholy assemblage, emotion, object oriented philosophy, Striborg, depressive black metal, Lars Von Trier, Melancholia

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