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Impossible mourning: Lamentations as a text of melancholia

  • Author / Creator
    Sabo, Peter
  • The connecting thread that runs through this thesis is the attempt to read the text of Lamentations as representing a melancholic who suffers from several of its symptoms. The term melancholia is used in a psychoanalytical sense, specifically as it is set out in Freud's essay "Mourning and Melancholia." The first chapter explores some of the symptoms of the text, previous interpretational treatments, and then offers an interpretation of these symptoms as evidence of melancholia. The second chapter relates Julia Kristeva's theory of melancholia to Lamentations. The third, and final, chapter looks at the much debated issue of the speaking voice(s) in Lamentations and interprets them from the work on melancholia by Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok, particularly Jacques Derrida's understanding of their work.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3KQ71
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Religious Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Landy, Francis (Religious Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Ben Zvi, Ehud (Religious Studies)
    • Braun, Willi (Religious Studies)
    • Bracken, Christopher (English Studies)