Emily Hughes
University of New South Wales
This despair achieves final form in those melancholics who are tortured with the fact that, unable to live, they are also unable to die.Hubertus Tellenbach in MelancholyMelancholia is an attunement of despair and despondency that can involve radical disruptions to temporal experience. As existential and phenomenological studies in psychiatry and psychology have demonstrated, temporal disruptions in melancholic time can vary in intensity, but are almost always inducive of significant suffering and distress. The future can collapse such that the past becomes fixed. As a result, temporal momentum can falter and stagnate to the point of stasis. At a standstill, time can become impoverished and empty such that one finds...
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