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Melancholy as an aesthetic emotion.

Brady, Emily and Haapala, Arto (2003) Melancholy as an aesthetic emotion. Contemporary Aesthetics, 1. ISSN 1932-8478

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Abstract

In this article, we want to show the relevance and importance of melancholy as an aesthetic emotion. Melancholy often plays a role in our encounters with art works, and it is also present in some of our aesthetic responses to the natural environment. Melancholy invites aesthetic considerations to come into play not only in well-defined aesthetic contexts but also in everyday situations that give reason for melancholy to arise. But the complexity of melancholy, the fact that it is fascinating in itself, suggests the further thought that it may be considered as an aesthetic emotion per se. To this end, we argue that it is the distinctive character of melancholy, its dual character and its differences from sadness and depression, which distinguishes it as an aesthetic emotion.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Contemporary Aesthetics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Melancholy ; emotion ; aesthetic emotion ; depression ; sublime ; environment
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 24177
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2009 15:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/24177

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