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Nausea, Melancholy and the Internal Negation of the Past

Cam Clayton

In this paper, I argue that temporality, as described in Being and Nothingness, is a central theme in Nausea. In the first section I make the point that one of Sartre's guiding concerns at the time of publishing Nausea is temporality and the temporal nature of freedom. In the second section, the theme of melancholy and its relationship to temporality is explored. The third section explores Sartre's use of this image of being taken 'from behind'. I use this temporal imagery as a guide for interpreting Roquentin's reaction to the rape and murder of Lucienne. By interpreting this scene by way of the temporality of Being and Nothingness, we can duly recognize the early Sartre's concern with temporality, understand the melancholia that arises because of the 'internal' negation of the past, and give a more satisfying account of a scene which is often ignored in the secondary literature.

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‘Which is the merchant here, and which the Jew?’

Alterity, Sameness and Irony in Venice

Anna Carleton Forrester

of that melancholy’s origin by contextualizing early modern Jewish and Christian relations in Venice, and considering the extent to which those relations impede upon the merchant’s ability to understand his own sadness. Noteworthy critical

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Federica Cavaletti, Tarja Laine, Rikke Schubart, and Holly Willis

[1986]. Inside the Gaze . Bloomington : Indiana University Press . Fauconnier , Gilles , and Mark Turner . 2002 . The Way We Think . New York : Basic Books . Francesco Sticchi. Melancholy Emotion in Contemporary Cinema . New

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John Ford's Strange Truth

Lisa Hopkins

is stirred to action and Ithocles is not. 1 Perkin Warbeck is a sequel to Richard III , but it is a sequel which undoes its original, for the story it tells is fundamentally incompatible with Shakespeare's. The Lover's Melancholy is almost

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Yitzhak Reiter, Ned Lazarus, Uri Ben-Eliezer, Adi Mahalel, Orna Sasson-Levy, and Shalom Rosenberg

Nitzan Lebovic , Zionism and Melancholy: The Short Life of Israel Zarchi (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019), 186 pp. Hardback, $80.00. European-born Israel Zarchi (1909–1947) was a very active Hebrew author in the Yishuv of the 1930s–1940s

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What Am I Still Doing Here?

Travel, Travel Writing, and Old Age

Robin Jarvis

acknowledges “a finality in my way of looking now, a gaze with more remembering in it,” although the main effect of this is not to encourage self-indulgent melancholy but to detrivialize his experience and fuel a desire to be “scrupulously truthful” (80

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Aesthetics of Slowness, Aesthetics of Boredom

Productivity and Tedium in the Cinema of Tsai Ming-liang

Giulia Tronconi

-liang purposefully bore the viewer to encourage considerations on the relationship between body politics and human emotions such as solitude, alienation, and melancholy. The question of boredom generally bifurcates along the binaries of “simple” and “existential

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In the Shadow of the Gallows

Symptoms, Sensations, Feelings

Adriano Prosperi

Through the fascinating late sixteenth-century legal battle over the inheritance of the Florentine nobleman Giovambattista di Bindaccio Ricasoli Baroni, in which the young Galileo Galilei appeared as a key witness, this article reflects on two key categories of emotion of the era: melancholy and terror (specifically, fear of death). In analyzing these emotions, which hounded the unfortunate Ricasoli throughout his life, the article shows that, far from being the private sentiments of a single pathological individual, these emotions reflected the mood of people living in an era when the shadow of the oppression of arbitrary power in this world and of the possibility of eternal suffering in the next were particularly salient. Moreover, seemingly perennial emotions like sadness or the fear of death or shame, far from being unchanging, can take different and unpredictable configurations in a precise historical context, based on impulses and conflicts related to the power relations and the mental patrimony of that society.

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“Always Toward Absent Lovers, Love's Tide Stronger Flows”

Spiritual Lovesickness in the Letters of Anne-Marie Martinozzi

Jennifer Hillman

In February 1654, Anne-Marie Martinozzi, a niece of Cardinal Mazarin, married Armand de Bourbon, Prince of Conti. The newlyweds went on to experience almost concurrent pious conversions that would transform their social behavior for the remainder of their lives. Shortly afterward, Armand was posted to northern Italy as commander of the French army, necessitating a six-month estrangement of the couple between May and October 1657. This article explores a corpus of “love letters” penned by the princess during this separation. It argues that Anne-Marie not only claimed to be suffering from “melancholy” as a result of her separation from her lover and spouse, but that she also constructed an image of herself as spiritually lovesick on account of her deprivation from her mentor and confidant. In doing so, this article sheds light on the centrality of copenitents to the direction of spiritual lives in the aftermath of a pious conversion.

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Rob Boddice, Christian J. Emden, and Peter Vogt

Improvising the Emotional Self Erin Sullivan, Beyond Melancholy: Sadness and Selfhood in Renaissance England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), xiv, 227 pp. ROB BODDICE Freie Universität Berlin At the heart of Erin Sullivan’s brilliant new