Depression: A Public Feeling
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Depression: A Public Feeling

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In Depression: A Public Feelings Project, Ann Cvetkovich seeks to understand why intellectuals, activists, professionals, and other privileged people struggle with feelings of hopeless and self-loathing. She focuses particularly on those in academia, where the pressure to succeed and the desire to find space for creative thinking and alternative worlds bump up against the...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published November 5th 2012 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2012)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Depression, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Depression

Ange'el by Jamie Le FayThe Comfort Women by C. Sarah SohConquest by Andrea Lee SmithSub Rosa by Amber DawnGender Trouble by Judith Butler
Feminist Reading for Fall
10th out of 11 books — 7 voters
Touching Feeling by Eve Kosofsky SedgwickOrdinary Affects by Kathleen StewartAn Archive of Feelings by Ann CvetkovichAffective Mapping by Jonathan FlatleyCruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant
Affect Theory
18th out of 19 books — 7 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 604)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Peter Landau
Say no to drugs, except when your depressed? I've self-medicated and I've had a doctor's hand on the mortar and pestle with equal results. And the answer, for me, is that depression is a rational response to life. It's sad, and then it's not, and then it is again. So what? Life doesn't care, and neither should you. Cvetkovich doesn't deny the dismal aspects of life nor does she dismiss the joy inherent in the living, but she, through various, mostly queer-culture examples, shows that the value o...more
Jess Hum
This is a brilliant genre bending, interdisciplinary piece of work! I don't know how Cvetkovich does it, but she somehow managed to seamlessly link feminist crafting, post-colonial intellectualism and early Christian Asceticism. Writing about knowledges that come from the body and from practices rather than texts, we understand how the combination of both ordinary and spiritual practices can be an remedy for 'public feelings', such as despair, isolation and depression. What could easily be writt...more
A queer academic self-help book! That is what Ann Cvetkovich said she "kind of jokingly" called this project, but I think it's for real. My boss lent me this along with Lynda Barry's Cruddy and Beth Ditto's memoir, which I think make good companion pieces. By the time I was about a third of the way through, I had forcibly recommended this book to almost everyone I know, but two thirds of the way in I got completely bogged down. Maybe that's fitting?
Duke Press
“Cvetkovich offers us an introduction to thinking critically about depression's causes and its manifestations as well as, perhaps, the localised tactics that are necessary to enable recovery. At the end, she turns rather sweetly to crafting as one reparative habit, partly because of the aesthetic of connectivity that it can stimulate. Knitting yourself out of depression: it's kind of folksy, but I liked it.”--Sally Munt, Times Higher Education

“At one end, Depression is a call to expand how we f...more
Steven Winkelman
Very poorly executed and sloppy. If you're looking for this type of text, try Lauren Berlant. The author spends the first section talking about the dangers of anti-depressants and then begins he own journal in the second. In the final section she admits she took anti-depressants throughout the entire process of the book. The writing meanders and veers off topic frequently. Sentences are flat and the this is another text that needed serious editing before it went to publication.
Hannah marked it as to-read
Sep 15, 2014
Abbie Sizer
Abbie Sizer is currently reading it
Sep 12, 2014
Sian Morgan
Sian Morgan marked it as to-read
Sep 10, 2014
Rhinaris marked it as to-read
Sep 09, 2014
E. marked it as to-read
Sep 08, 2014
Jessica marked it as to-read
Sep 06, 2014
Mat Laporte
Mat Laporte marked it as to-read
Aug 29, 2014
Samantha is currently reading it
Aug 27, 2014
Gwen marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2014
Stilljolly marked it as to-read
Aug 16, 2014
Anja is currently reading it
Sep 02, 2014
Zelie marked it as to-read
Aug 15, 2014
Kate marked it as to-read
Aug 14, 2014
Rae marked it as to-read
Aug 11, 2014
Sebastian Hellqvist
Sebastian Hellqvist marked it as to-read
Aug 09, 2014
Linda marked it as to-read
Aug 06, 2014
BonB marked it as to-read
Aug 06, 2014
kate marked it as to-read
Aug 01, 2014
julia marked it as to-read
Jul 29, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20 21 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Cruel Optimism
  • The Promise of Happiness
  • Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity
  • The Affect Theory Reader
  • Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History
  • No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive
  • Stigmata: Escaping Texts
  • Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things
  • The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries
  • The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination
  • The Queer Art of Failure
  • Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity
  • Ordinary Affects
  • Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times
  • Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs
  • Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration
  • Publics and Counterpublics
  • Heroines
Ann Cvetkovich is Ellen C. Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She is the author of Depression: A Public Feeling, An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures, and Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism; a coeditor of Political Emotions; and a former editor of...more
More about Ann Cvetkovich...
An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures Mixed Feelings: Feminism,  Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 Articulating The Global And The Local: Globalization And Cultural Studies Depression

Share This Book