Revels in Madness: Insanity in Medicine and Literature

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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 si├Ęcle 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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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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