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The art of frenzy : public madness in the visual culture, 1500-1850 /
Jane Kromm.
imprint
London ; New York : Continuum, 2002.
description
xv, 283 p. : ill.
ISBN
0826456413
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Book
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imprint
London ; New York : Continuum, 2002.
isbn
0826456413
catalogue key
4820979
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jane Kromm is Associate Professor of Art History at Purchase College, State University of New York. She is the author of numerous articles on the representation of madness
Reviews
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".....a very welcome and thoughtful introduction to an area of medical knowledge that was livelier and more topical than is now generally appreciated." - Medical History
…..a very welcome and thoughtful introduction to an area of medical knowledge that was livelier and more topical than is now generally appreciated. - Medical History
"Jane Kromm's The Art of Frenzy is a brilliant and original investigation of the public face of madness in Europe from 1500 to circa 1850. From heroic mania to riot and revolution, from the action of heroes to the hysteria of women, Jane Kromm creates an invigorating sense of the spectacle of madness and the inventive visual signs used to display it."--Linda Nochlin, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art, New York University Institute of Fine Art
S ..a very welcome and thoughtful introduction to an area of medical knowledge that was livelier and more topical than is now generally appreciated. -- Medical History
"The Art of Frenzy skilfully traces the various traditions of conceptualizing and representing mania from the Greeks onwards. Kromm focuses on the Renaissance and the Enlightenment to explore the relationship between madness, art and politics. Wide-ranging, scholarly and integrating image and text with great skill, The Art of Frenzy presents a highly original and scholarly analysis of the cultural representation of madness in art and literature."--Professor Roy Porter, Welcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
The Art of Frenzy presents a masterful analysis of public madness from the Renaissance to the Industrial Age. Frenzy - the most flagrant and political form of madness - is the madness of warrior heroes, kings, scolds and the possessed. Its representation incorporates a range of traditional characters and figures, from Hercules and Orlando to Medea and Britannia. Integrating art history with cultural studies, political history, and the history of medicine, the book draws on a wide range of mediums and contexts - from asylum sculpture to political broadsheets, medical texts, the imagery of revolution, caricature and medical illustrations. Understood as abusive power and belligerence out of control, and described in terms drawn equally from definitions of tyranny and liberty, frenzy was always articulated with a significant degree of political meaning. The Art of Frenzy clarifies the importance of this interpretative pattern.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Frenzy - the most flagrant and political form of madness - is the madness of warrior-heroes, kings, scolds, and the possessed. Integrating art history with cultural studies, political history, and the history of medicine, this study examines its representation and interpretation in art.
Long Description
The Art of Frenzy presents a masterful analysis of public madness from the Renaissance to the Industrial Age. Frenzy--the most flagrant and political form of madness--is the madness of warrior-heroes, kings, scolds, and the possessed. Its representation incorporates a range of traditional characters and figures, from Hercules and Orlando to Medea and Britannia. Understood as abusive power and belligerence out of control, and described in terms drawn equally from definitions of tyranny and liberty, frenzy has always been articulated with a significant degree of political meaning. Integrating art history with cultural studies, political history, and the history of medicine, Jane Kromm draws on a wide range of mediums and contexts--from asylum sculpture to political broadsheets, medical texts, the imagery of revolution, caricature and medical illustrations--to clarify the importance of this interpretative pattern.>
Main Description
The Art of Frenzy presents a masterful analysis of public madness from the Renaissance to the Industrial Age. Frenzy--the most flagrant and political form of madness--is the madness of warrior-heroes, kings, scolds, and the possessed. Its representation incorporates a range of traditional characters and figures, from Hercules and Orlando to Medea and Britannia. Understood as abusive power and belligerence out of control, and described in terms drawn equally from definitions of tyranny and liberty, frenzy has always been articulated with a significant degree of political meaning. Integrating art history with cultural studies, political history, and the history of medicine, Jane Kromm draws on a wide range of mediums and contexts--from asylum sculpture to political broadsheets, medical texts, the imagery of revolution, caricature and medical illustrations--to clarify the importance of this interpretative pattern.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. vi
Introductionp. x
Mania in the classical tradition: a madness of warriorheroes and tyrantsp. 1
The unmaking of heroic maniap. 39
The politics of maniap. 100
Mania, riot, and revolutionp. 164
The measure of maniap. 208
Mania and hysteriap. 254
Bibliographyp. 272
Indexp. 279
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