Readership: Readers of popular science and those interested in the history of medicine and depression
Clark Lawlor, Reader in English Literature, Northumbria University
Clark Lawlor is Reader in English Literature at Northumbria University, and is especially interested in the cultural history of disease. He has been publishing work on the history and representation of depression recently, partly as a result of his co-Directorship of Before Depression, a Leverhulme Trust-funded project on the nature of depression in the eighteenth century. Before his interest in depression he published Consumption and Literature: The Making of the Romantic Disease (2006), which describes how consumption (tuberculosis) came to be such a glamorous disease by the nineteenth century.
"A well researched ... thought-provoking book" - The Economist
"the incorporation of a large variety of ideas and models of melancholy into one easily readable (and affordable) overview makes this a useful starting point for student discussion, or for those with no particular background in the history of psychiatry." - Sarah Chaney, Social History of Medicine
Prologue: Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
1: 'Poor Wretch'
2: Genius and Despair
3: From Spleen to Sensibility
4: Victorians, Melancholia, and Neurasthenia
5: Modernism, Melancholia, and Depression
6: The New Depression
7: 'The Drugs Don't Work'? The Future for Depression and Melancholia