Psychoanalytic work on melancholia is increasingly being used to help academics analyse the social memory of Southern Africa. In one of the recent articles that reflects this trend, Ross Truscott employs Alexander and Margarete Mitscherlich's post-Freudian analysis of mourning and melancholia in order to engage with Oppikoppi, a predominantly Afrikaans South African music festival, which denigrates, preserves and transforms the past.1 However, such discussions of melancholia are not confined to academic journals. Outside of academia, melancholia has also been used to describe the personal memories of Southern African writers who live in the 'overdeveloped world' - for example, Jason Cowley, a journalist, magazine editor and critic, has alluded to the plight of the 'melancholy white exile' from Zimbabwe in his review of Peter Godwin's When a Crocodile Eats the Sun.2 Such reflections about the role of melancholia inside and outside of academia have often been stimulated by Paul Gilroy's Postcolonial Melancholia.3 This is because of Gilroy's status - Colin MacCabe.

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McNeil, D.R. (2011). 'The rivers of Zimbabwe will run red with blood': Enoch powell and the post-imperial nostalgia of the monday club*. Journal of Southern African Studies, 37(4), 732–745.