Ann Cvetkovich Depression: A Public Feeling

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Depression: A Public Feeling

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In Depression: A Public Feeling, Ann Cvetkovich combines memoir and critical essay in search of ways of writing about depression as a cultural and political phenomenon that offer alternatives to medical models. She describes her own experience of the professional pressures, creative anxiety, and political hopelessness that led to intellectual blockage while she was finishing her dissertation and writing her first book. Building on the insights of the memoir, in the critical essay she considers the idea that feeling bad constitutes the lived experience of neoliberal capitalism. Cvetkovich draws on an unusual archive, including accounts of early Christian acedia and spiritual despair, texts connecting the histories of slavery and colonialism with their violent present-day legacies, and utopian spaces created from lesbian feminist practices of crafting. She herself seeks to craft a queer cultural analysis that accounts for depression as a historical category, a felt experience, and a point of entry into discussions about theory, contemporary culture, and everyday life. Depression: A Public Feeling suggests that utopian visions can reside in daily habits and practices, such as writing and yoga, and it highlights the centrality of somatic and felt experience to political activism and social transformation.

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Depression Crafts a cultural analysis that can adequately represent depression not as medical pathology but as a historical category, a felt experience, and a point of entry onto discussions about theory and contemporary culture Full description

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"Like all my favorite bands, Ann Cvetkovich disregards trends in favor of fearlessness. While tackling the tough issues of today, she still gives us a book that feels totally timeless. "Depression: A Public Feeling" fills a gap that has morphed into a crater. The book is as invaluable as it is enjoyable. I found myself sighing throughout, thinking 'Phew, someone finally said that!'"--Kathleen Hanna, of the bands Le Tigre, Bikini Kill, and the Julie Ruin

""Depression: A Public Feeling"... sets out to challenge 'contemporary medical notions' of depression 'that simultaneously relieve one of responsibility (it's just genes or chemicals) and provide agency (you can fix it by taking a pill)'. . . . In anatomising her 'lived experience' of writer's block, Cvetkovich invites the reader to ask whether, despite the trade-specific terminology, this is still a symptom exclusive to writers. . . . [H]er perceptions are agile."--Talitha Stevenson ""New Statesman" "

""Depression" succeeds at opening up a public discussion on certain kinds of depression that are often dismissed as trivial, like the stress of academic labour. . . . [C]lear and helpful with a vision for overcoming melancholy through a transformation of everyday life."--William Burton ""Lambda Literary Review" "

"At one end, "Depression" is a call to expand how we frame and engage with depression, and at the other it's an internal appeal to academia to accept personal experience as a valid source material for scholarship. By melding the personal and the academic, Cvetkovich is creating an important new forum for how we discuss depression. . . . The material is totally fascinating. . . ."--Nina Lary ""Bitch" "

""Depression: A Public Feeling.".. sets out to challenge 'contemporary medical notions' of depression 'that simultaneously relieve one of responsibility (it's just genes or chemicals) and provide agency (you can fix it by taking a pill)'. . . . In anatomising her 'lived experience' of writer's block, Cvetkovich invites the reader to ask whether, despite the trade-specific terminology, this is still a symptom exclusive to writers. . . . [H]er perceptions are agile."--Talitha Stevenson ""New Statesman" "

"[Cvetkovich] has taken some huge risks with "Depression." Rather than building a traditional academic argument with research and theory, the book combines stylistically distinct and potentially disparate parts that add up to a highly readable, relatable, radical treatise that provides many points of entry and fresh thinking on one of the most overexamined subjects of the past few decades."--Cindy Widner ""Austin Chronicle" "

Aesthetics, anecdotes and evidence against the medical model. --Tyler Cowen ""New York Times Magazine" ""

"Depression: A Public Feeling" sets out to challenge contemporary medical notions of depression that simultaneously relieve one of responsibility (it s just genes or chemicals) and provide agency (you can fix it by taking a pill) . . . . In anatomising her lived experience of writer s block, Cvetkovich invites the reader to ask whether, despite the trade-specific terminology, this is still a symptom exclusive to writers. . . . [H]er perceptions are agile. --Talitha Stevenson ""New Statesman" ""

"Depression" succeeds at opening up a public discussion on certain kinds of depression that are often dismissed as trivial, like the stress of academic labour. . . . [C]lear and helpful with a vision for overcoming melancholy through a transformation of everyday life. --William Burton ""Lambda Literary Review" ""

[Cvetkovich] has taken some huge risks with "Depression." Rather than building a traditional academic argument with research and theory, the book combines stylistically distinct and potentially disparate parts that add up to a highly readable, relatable, radical treatise that provides many points of entry and fresh thinking on one of the most overexamined subjects of the past few decades. --Cindy Widner ""Austin Chronicle" ""

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