Revels in Madness: Insanity in Medicine and Literature

Revels in Madness: Insanity in Medicine and Literature

by Allen Thiher
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472089994
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
12/23/2004
Series:
Corporealities: Discourses of Disability Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Madness from Hippocrates to Holderlin1
Ch. 1Discourses on Madness in the Greco-Roman World13
Ch. 2Continuities and Ruptures in Medieval Folly44
Ch. 3Madness and Early Modernity in Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Descartes73
Ch. 4The latro-Mechanical Era and the Madness of Machines102
Ch. 5Neoclassicism, the Rise of Singularity, and Moral Treatment131
Pt. 2The Modernity of Madness159
Ch. 6The German Romantics and the Invention of Psychiatry167
Ch. 7Pathological Anatomy and the Poetics of Madness195
Ch. 8Modern Determinations of Insanity: Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis224
Ch. 9Modernist Poetic Discourses in Madness250
Ch. 10The Contemporary Scene's Affirmation of and Rebellion against Logos282
Postscript: Madness between History and Neurology316
Notes325
Index337

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