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This collection of essays explores the relation between literature and madness from the Medieval through to the Modern period. The essays examine how literature represents the experience of madness and cultural responses to it, and how madness may inspire creativity. The volume also illuminates the history of medicine, demonstrating the shifts and continuities in clinical understandings of and social attitudes to mental illness from the Middle Ages through to the 'enlightened' notions of the Eighteenth Century to the development of psychoanalysis. The volume includes original contributions from well-known writers and specialists, such as the late Sir Roy Porter, Al Alvarez, Pat Barker, Michael O'Donnell and A. S Byatt.
Corinne Saunders is Reader in the Department of English Studies at the University of Durham, UK. She specializes in medieval literature, in particular romance, and in history of ideas. Her books include The Forest of Medieval Romance (1993), Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England (2001) and a Blackwell Companion to Chaucer. Jane Macnaughton is a general practitioner and Director of the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine at the University of Durham, UK. She teaches personal and professional development to undergraduate medical students, and co-authored the book, Clinical Judgement (2000). She has also published papers on medical education, medical humanities, history of medicine and arts in health.
Release date NZ
November 12th, 2004
Edited by Corinne Saunders
Edited by Jane MacNaughton
Country of Publication
XIV, 244 p.
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