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Depression and expression: life begins on the other side of despair

McCulloch, Ann and Pavlou, Aliki 2003, Depression and expression: life begins on the other side of despair, Double dialogues, no. 4, Winter, pp. 1-9.

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Title Depression and expression: life begins on the other side of despair
Author(s) McCulloch, Ann
Pavlou, Aliki
Journal name Double dialogues
Issue number 4
Season Winter
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher Double Dialogues
Place of publication Canterbury, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1447-9591
Summary This paper has two parts. In Part I, it consists of a letter written by the subject of the ‘case study’ that forms the basis of Part II. Part I demonstrates how the writer Aliki Pavlou discovered that, in attempting to help a friend face uncomfortable truths in relation to his perception of his mother, she inadvertently was able to voice her own dilemma in relation to her mother that hitherto had been elusive.
This paper forms a part of a larger project being researched by Aliki Pavlou, Justin Clemens and me. The study, to be entitled, "In the Heart of Hell: Depression and its Expression," is one that contends that Literature expresses the ineffable nature of depression in its symbolic mode; that, indeed, literary texts reveal in their concealment. The work therefore argues that ‘depression’ is expressible.
Part II of this paper analyses the response of a depressive to Jean-Paul Sartre’s novel Nausea (1964). Beginning with a brief discussion of the role of the ‘mother’ as psychologically pivotal in some depressives’ struggle towards well-being, this section analyses a reading of Nausea by a depressive. The objective of this study was to ascertain the extent to which the condition of nausea, as represented in Sartre’s novel, expresses the experience of depression.
Language eng
Field of Research 200525 Literary Theory
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©1996-2004, Double Dialogues
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002219

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