Affective Disorder and the Writing Life: The Melancholic Muse

Affective Disorder and the Writing Life: The Melancholic Muse

by S. Stone Horton (Editor)

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Affective Disorder and the Writing Life: The Melancholic Muse by S. Stone Horton

Affective Disorder and the Writing Life interrogates the mythos of the 'mad writer' through lived experience, literary analysis, writerly reflection and contemporary neuroscience. It explores how affective disorders colour, drive and sometimes silence the writing mind – and how affective difference has always informed the literary imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349479665
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Edition description: 1st ed. 2014
Pages: 145
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lise Bagoley, Duquesne University, USA
David Bahr, The City University of New York, USA
Nancer Ballard, Brandeis University, USA
Jessica De Santa, University of St. Andrews, UK
Joann Deiudicibus, The State University of New York, USA
Stephanie Stone Horton, Georgia State University, USA
Marya Hornbacher, USA
Sharon O'Brien, Dickinson College, USA
Stephen Newton, William Paterson University, USA
Jeannie Parker Beard, Georgia State University, USA

Table of Contents

Foreword Notes on the Contributors PART I: "COULD IT BE MADNESS, THIS?" AFFECTIVE DIFFERENCE AND THE WORK OF COMPOSITION 1. 'What Ceremony of Words Can Patch the Havoc?': Writing, Madness, and Neurodiversity; Stephanie Stone Horton 2. Muse Afire: Negotiating the Line Between Creative Pursuit and Mental Illness; Nancer Ballard 3. After the Fire Goes Out: Writing Before and After Treatment for Affective Disorder; Lise Bagoley 4. Gaps on the Vita; Sharon O'Brien 5. Lunatic; Jeannie Parker Beard PART II: "THEIR LIVES A STORM WHEREON THEY RIDE": AFFECTIVE (DIS)ORDER AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION 6. Axing the Frozen Sea: Female Inscriptions of Madness; Joann K. Deiudicibus 7. The Things We Carry: Embodied Truth and Tim O' Brien's Poetics of Despair; David Bahr 8. 'The Incessant Rise and Fall and Fall and Rise': Virginia Woolf's Treading the Waves; Jessica De Santa 9. The Fire, The Dark, and the Beautiful Distance; Stephen Newton

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