Melancholy and Culture

Diseases of the Soul in Golden Age Spain

Author(s): Roger Bartra

Language: English

Genre(s): Modern Languages

Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies

  • June 2008 · 288pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708320105

About The Book

Focuses on the subject of 'melancholy madness' in Spain. This work demonstrates that the subject of melancholy in the Spanish Golden Age is an indispensable link in a chain which may help us to understand the appearance of sadness and malcontent in Europe at the dawn of modernity.


'One can only welcome such a thoughtful and scholarly contribution within the context of sixteenth-century Spain, a scintillating epoch largely off the radar of most medical historians, and appreciate the inspired idea of the Iberian and Latin Studies editors to translate this important book into English.' Edward Shorter, History of Psychiatry 20 (4)

About the Author(s)

Roger Bartra

Professor Roger Bartra is a Research Fellow at the University of Mexico (UNAM), an anthropologist and sociologist. He is the author of several books on the Mexican political system, the European mythology of melancholy and the wild men, and the anthropology of the brain.

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