Buchner and Madness: Schizophrenia in Georg Buchner's Lenz and Woyzeck

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During the mid-19th century, German playwright Georg Buchner wrote two powerful and accurate portrayals of schizophrenia, an illness whose existence the psychiatric profession did not acknowledge and describe for another 60 years. Explores the sources from which the playwright derived his picture of schizophrenia and his understanding of its processes, and the social and personal circumstances of the plays' creation. Analysis of works is preceded by sections dealing with aspects of the playwright's life and relationships, his medical education, and writings about mental illness during the era. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773413528
  • Publisher: Mellen, Edwin Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Bristol German Publications
  • Edition description: 5%
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 65.00 (w) x 95.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Medical and Critical Background 1
2 Biographical Factors 15
3 Universities and Medical Teaching 34
4 Madness and Medicine 42
5 Madness in Literature: 1774-1836 70
6 Medical Descriptions of Schizophrenia 120
7 Buchner and J. M. R. Lenz 144
8 Hoffmann, Balzac, Buchner 157
9 Oberlin and Buchner 165
10 Psychopathology in Lenz 175
11 Madness and Angst in Lenz 186
12 Psychodynamics in Lenz 194
13 Buchner and the Woyzeck Case 204
14 The Clarus Gutachten 234
15 Madness in Woyzeck 255
16 Conclusions 285
Bibliography 290
Index 313
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