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. Ann Cvetkovich is Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Author(s): Ann Cvetkovich: Published: November Pages: Illustrations: 38 illustrations, including 14 in color: Sales/Territorial Rights: World.

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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 cvegkovich, relatable, radical treatise that provides many points of entry and fresh thinking on one of the most overexamined subjects of the past few decades.

By melding the personal and the academic, Cvetkovich is creating an important new forum for how we discuss depression. The material is totally fascinating. At the end, she turns rather sweetly to crafting as one annn habit, partly because of the aesthetic of connectivity that it can stimulate.

Knitting yourself out of depression: Cvetkovich finds a variety of ways to utilize the tools of academe to build a shelter from the traumas of academe. It’s both funny and oddly endearing to see an academic response to depression that turns it into a field, organizes conferences and protests with special and entertaining dress requirements, recommends cures for writing blocks, and appropriates American anxiety in the interest of getting academic work published.

Still, Depression is not a pity party. Cvetkovich offers hope to all who fight depression by suggesting that as she has emerged from despair, so can others. A Public Feeling starts new conversations about depression, cultural communities, and the practice of living a full life.

If you have ever been a struggling academic, you will relate, and you will feel grateful. Importantly, while this approach never undermines the experience of depression by positioning it only as a construction, it still draws attention to commonplace assumptions about feeling sad, being political and getting better. Cvetkovich weaves her own journal through the critical reading that makes her work so compelling—simultaneously taking seriously, and asking us to question, the more familiar narrative she has just shared.


While tackling the tough issues of today, she still gives us a book that feels totally timeless. 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! Weaving together memoir, cultural and medical history, and literary and theoretical discussion, Cvetkovich experiments with and reflects on unconventional ways of writing about embodiment, cognition, and affect.

Along the way, she offers myriad prescriptions, small and large, on how to cope with the daily effects of depression and how to heal the world. Writing and Visual Culture after the Holocaust.

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A Public Feeling delivers not only critical insights but also wisdom. The book offers a model for something like collective or collaborative authorship; framed as a project conceived in concert with a far-flung community of academics, activists, and artists, Depression is a departure from academic business as usual. This is a profoundly inspiring book.

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Ann Cvetkovich

A Public FeelingAnn Cvetkovich combines memoir and critical essay in search of ways of cvetkovih 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 cvvetkovich 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.


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. Ann Cvetkovich is Ellen C. She is the author of An Archive of Feelings: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Sign up for Subject Matters email updates to receive discounts, new book announcements, and more.

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A Public Feeling Author s: Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 Part I. Acedia, History, and Medical Models 85 2. From Dispossession to Radical Self-Possession: Racism and Depression 3. The Utopia of Ordinary Habit: Writing and Visual Culture after the Holocaust “Combining cultural critique with nuanced readings of queer aesthetic practices, and mixing theoretical reflections on experience with experiments in memoir, Depression: Permission to Photocopy coursepacks If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright.

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