Melancholy Objects

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Title Melancholy Objects
Author Gibson, Margaret
Journal Name Mortality
Editor Dr. Glennys Howarth, Rev. Peter C Jupp
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Oxfordshire, UK
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Through psychoanalytical concepts, interview research and biographical text, this paper discusses the importance of objects in the lives of the bereaved. D. W. Winnicott's concept of the transitional object is used to analyse grief work through objects. Like the transitional objects of childhood, the bereaved often mourn through intimate things belonging to the now deceased. It is not just the experience and process of grief that transitions with and through objects, but objects too transition in terms of their status, value and meaning. Objects once intensely used in grieving are often experienced ambivalently later on. As concrete symbolic material, objects orient in time and space the often disorientating and displacing experiences of grief. This paper makes a temporal and category distinction between objects incorporated in the work of mourning and objects that, with time and distance, become the remembered objects of mourning. Melancholy objects are conceptualized as the memorialized objects of mourning.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 9
Issue Number 4
Page from 285
Page to 299
ISSN 1469-9885
Date Accessioned 2007-07-02
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Sociology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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