Melancholia –

“Is the concept of ‘melancholia’ helpful for understanding postcoloniality?”


A Brief History of ‘Melancholia’

Melancholia in Sociology

Mitscherlich’s Melancholia of Germany

Gilroy’s Melancholia of Post-Colonial Britain

Butler’s Melancholia of Freud

Melancholic Postcoloniality

Bengali Hindus in Berne

Germany’s Next Topmodel by Heidi Klum

Conclusion: Varying uses of Melancholia – Melancholia everywhere?

Written for Gender and Postcolonial Theory
MSc in Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies
London School of Economics and Political Science

April 2009

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