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Madness and creativity in literature and culture /
edited by Corrine Saunders and Jane Macnaughton.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
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xiv, 244 p.
ISBN
1403921997
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Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
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1403921997
contents note
Mad as a refuge from unbelief: Blake and the sanity of dissidence / David Fuller, pp. 121-143.
catalogue key
5328232
 
Gift to Victoria University Library (Blake no. 1795). Bentley, G.E., Jr. 2008/01/01.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-10-01:
Based on public lectures delivered by an impressive array of scholars working across the sciences and humanities, these essays examine links between the creative process and mental illness, from the medieval world to the modern. Interdisciplinarity is the volume's greatest strength; the contributors draw insights from medicine, literature, theology, and philosophy as they consider such writers as Blake, Cowper, Wordsworth, Mann, and Berryman. The essays "span the interrelated subjects of the mind, specifically the state of 'madness' or mental illness; medicine, in particular attitudes to and experience of mental illness; and literature, both as representing the experience of madness and cultural responses to it." Along the way, the essays strike a balance between romantic notions of madness, which see mental illness as a necessary precursor of creative genius, and a realistic account of the sufferings of the creative mind, a viewpoint that raises the possibility that disordered thinking may be "the enemy of great art." This volume complements and expands on such recent treatments of madness as Carol Thomas Neely's Distracted Subjects: Madness and Gender in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture (CH, Dec'04, 42-2069). ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. D. Pesta Oklahoma State University
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Exploring the relation between literature & madness from the medieval through to the modern period, these essays examine how literature represents the experience of madness & the cultural responses to it, & how madness may inspire creativity.
Main Description
This collection of essays explores the relation between literature and madness from the Medieval 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.
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This collection of essays explores the relation between literature and madness from the Medieval to the Modern period.
Table of Contents
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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