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La face noire de l’âme : la mélancolie ‘religieuse’ dans les textes spirituels et médicaux de l’Espagne des XVIe et XVIIe siècles

Abstract : From the 1570s in Spain, theorists show deep concern about the impact of melancholy on religious life. Medical and spiritual authors attempt to describe a « religious » melancholy that, although it inherits some features of the old acedia, is completely new, being characterized by new signs: religious zeal, exacerbated guilt (illustrated by the recurring theme of scruples), exacerbated piety, visions and apparitions. These events are considered with utmost suspicion: attributed to the influence of the black bile, to a disordered imagination or to the influence of the devil, they are strongly condemned by medical and religious authorities. Our contribution will describe and analyze this new form of « religious » melancholy. We will examine the links that this new form of melancholy has with reality, its significance and implications.
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Christine Orobitg. La face noire de l’âme : la mélancolie ‘religieuse’ dans les textes spirituels et médicaux de l’Espagne des XVIe et XVIIe siècles. Etudes Epistémè : revue de littérature et de civilisation (XVIe - XVIIIe siècles), Association Études Épistémè, 2015, Melancholia-ae. The religious experience of the “disease of the soul” and its definitions in the early modern period, n°28. ⟨hal-03194305⟩

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