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Madness and creativity in literature and culture

Author: Corinne J Saunders; Jane Macnaughton
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With original contributions from specialist and well-known writers including the late Roy Porter, Al Alvarez, A.S. Byatt and Pat Barker, this exciting new volume explores the relationship between mental illness and creativity in literature from medieval to modern times. Essays consider the treatment and function of madness in writing across a range of English authors, and in particular poets such as Blake and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Corinne J Saunders; Jane Macnaughton
ISBN: 1403921997 9781403921994
OCLC Number: 55615588
Description: xiv, 244 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction / J. Macnaughton & C. Saunders --
READING MADNESS: LITERATURE IN MEDICINE --
Madness and Creativity: Communication and Excommunication / R. Porter --
Doctors as Performance Artists / M.O'Donnell --
Ambiguity in Attitudes to Madness and Creativity / R. Downie --
MADNESS IN LITERATURE--MEDIEVAL TO MODERN --
'The Thoughtful Maladie': Madness and Vision in Medieval Writing / C. Saunders --
'Inexpressibly Dreadful': Depression, Confession and Language in 18th Century Britain / A. Ingram --
Wonders in the Deep: Cowper, Melancholy and Religion / S. Sykes --
'Mad as a Refuge from Unbelief': William Blake and the Sanity of Dissidence / D. Fuller --
'Why then Ile Fit You': Representations of Madness in Some Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Poems / M.O'Neill --
Madness, Medicine and Creativity in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain / M. Evans --
WRITING MADNESS: PSYCHOANALYSIS AND LITERATURE --
Creative Writers and Psychopathology: the Cultural Consolations of 'The Wound and the Bow' / Thesis: P. Waugh --
The Myth of the Artist / A. Alvarez --
'Writing Madness' (Dialogue) / A. Byatt & I. Sodre --
Breaking Down or Breaking Out? (Dialogue) / P. Barker & A. Piette.
Responsibility: edited by Corinne Saunders and Jane Macnaughton.
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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  Read more...

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