Revels in Madness: Insanity in Medicine and Literature

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Revels in Madness offers a history of Western culture's shifting understandings of insanity as evidenced in its literature and as influenced by medical knowledge. The book traces the period from the development of Greek medicine, and of Greek tragedy and comedy, to contemporary representations of madness as shaped by modern psychiatry and psychoanalysis and as portrayed in literature. It surveys a remarkable range of writers, including Cervantes, Nerval, Rimbaud, Holderlin, Charcot, Freud, and Kraepelin." "This book will interest those intrigued by the relationship between culture, medicine, and literature, both in the history of medicine and literature and in literary depictions of cognitive disabilities. Students of comparative literature or the history of science, as well as doctors, therapists, and those interested in clinical psychology, will also benefit from reading this book.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Madness from Hippocrates to Holderlin 1
Ch. 1 Discourses on Madness in the Greco-Roman World 13
Ch. 2 Continuities and Ruptures in Medieval Folly 44
Ch. 3 Madness and Early Modernity in Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Descartes 73
Ch. 4 The latro-Mechanical Era and the Madness of Machines 102
Ch. 5 Neoclassicism, the Rise of Singularity, and Moral Treatment 131
Pt. 2 The Modernity of Madness 159
Ch. 6 The German Romantics and the Invention of Psychiatry 167
Ch. 7 Pathological Anatomy and the Poetics of Madness 195
Ch. 8 Modern Determinations of Insanity: Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis 224
Ch. 9 Modernist Poetic Discourses in Madness 250
Ch. 10 The Contemporary Scene's Affirmation of and Rebellion against Logos 282
Postscript: Madness between History and Neurology 316
Notes 325
Index 337
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