Revels in Madness: Insanity in Medicine and Literature

Revels in Madness: Insanity in Medicine and Literature

by Allen Thiher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472110357

ISBN-13: 9780472110353

Pub. Date: 01/04/2000

Publisher: University of Michigan Press


"Fascinating and important . . . a work of prodigious scholarship, covering the entire history of Western thought and treating both literary and medical discourses with subtlety and verve."
---Louis Sass, author of Madness and Modernism

"The scope of this book is daunting, ranging from madness in the ancient Greco-Roman world, to Christianized concepts

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"Fascinating and important . . . a work of prodigious scholarship, covering the entire history of Western thought and treating both literary and medical discourses with subtlety and verve."
---Louis Sass, author of Madness and Modernism

"The scope of this book is daunting, ranging from madness in the ancient Greco-Roman world, to Christianized concepts of medieval folly, through the writings of early modern authors such as Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Descartes, and on to German Romantic philosophy, fin de siècle French poetry, and Freud . . . Artaud, Duras, and Plath."
---Isis

"This provocative and closely argued work will reward many readers."
---Choice

In Revels in Madness, Allen Thiher surveys a remarkable range of writers as he shows how conceptions of madness in literature have reflected the cultural assumptions of their era. Thiher underscores the transition from classical to modern theories of madness-a transition that began at the end of the Enlightenment and culminates in recent women's writing that challenges the postmodern understanding of madness as a fall from language or as a dysfunction of culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472110353
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
01/04/2000
Series:
Corporealities: Discourses of Disability Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (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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