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Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture - Corinne Saunders

Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture

By: Corinne Saunders (Editor), Jane Macnaughton (Editor)

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Published: 12th November 2004
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This collection of essays explores the relation between literature and madness from the Medieval through to the Modern period. The essays examine how literature represents the experience of madness and cultural responses to it, and how madness may inspire creativity. The volume also illuminates the history of medicine, demonstrating the shifts and continuities in clinical understandings of and social attitudes to mental illness from the Middle Ages through to the 'enlightened' notions of the Eighteenth Century to the development of psychoanalysis. The volume includes original contributions from well-known writers and specialists, such as the late Sir Roy Porter, Al Alvarez, Pat Barker, Michael O'Donnell and A. S Byatt.

Introduction
Reading Madness: Literature In Medicine
Madness and Creativity: Communication and Excommunication
Doctors as Performance Artists
Ambiguity in Attitudes to Madness and Creativity
Madness In Literature--Medieval To Modern
'The Thoughtful Maladie': Madness and Vision in Medieval Writing
'Inexpressibly Dreadful': Depression, Confession and Language in 18th Century Britain
Wonders in the Deep: Cowper, Melancholy and Religion
'Mad as a Refuge from Unbelief': William Blake and the Sanity of Dissidence
'Why then Ile Fit You': Representations of Madness in Some Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Poems
Madness, Medicine and Creativity in Thomas Mann'sThe Magic Mountain
Writing Madness: Psychoanalysis And Literature
Creative Writers and Psychopathology: the Cultural Consolations of 'The Wound and the Bow' Thesis
The Myth of the Artist
'Writing Madness' (Dialogue)
Breaking Down or Breaking Out? (Dialogue)
Index
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ISBN: 9781403921994
ISBN-10: 1403921997
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 12th November 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1