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Madness in Literature Lillian Feder.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1980.
1 online resource (354 pages)
Mental illness in literature
To probe the literary representation of the alienated mind, Lillian Feder examines mad protagonists of literature and the work of writers for whom madness is a vehicle of self-revelation. Ranging from ancient Greek myth and tragedy to contemporary poetry, fiction, and drama, Professor Feder shows how literary interpretations of madness, as well as madness itself, reflect the very cultural assumptions, values, and prohibitions they challenge.
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Frontmatter -- Acknowledgments -- Preface -- Contents -- MADNESS IN LITERATURE -- I. Varieties of Madness: Approach and Method -- II. Dionysiac Frenzy and Other Ancient Prototypes of Madness -- III. Reason in Madness -- IV. The Spleen, the Vapors, and the God Within -- V. Madness as a Goal -- VI. Conclusion -- Notes -- Index
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Madness in literature / Lillian Feder.