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In "Depression: A Public Feeling", Ann Cvetkovich combines memoir and critical essay in search of ways of writing about depression as a cultural and political phenomenon that offer alternatives to medical models. She describes her own experience of the professional pressures, creative anxiety, and political hopelessness that led to intellectual blockage while she was finishing her dissertation and writing her first book. Building on the insights of the memoir, in the critical essay she considers the idea that feeling bad constitutes the lived experience of neoliberal capitalism. 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 "An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures," also published by Duke University Press, and "Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism"; a coeditor of "Political Emotions"; and a former editor of "GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.