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Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature, and Thought
The similarities between madness and modernism are striking: defiance of authority, nihilism, extreme relativism, distortions of time, strange transformations of self, and much more. In this book, Louis Sass, a clinical psychologist, offers a new vision of schizophrenia, comparing it with the works of such artists and writers as Kafka, Beckett, and Duchamp and philosophers ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published July 15th 1998 by Harvard University Press
(first published 1992)
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This is one of the best books I've ever read, particularly as far as contemporary nonfiction goes. Do you ever wonder what exactly the word "culture" means and how it applies to you in a practical sense? Have you ever wanted to at least feel situated in our non-situatedness? Then have-at this rich and brilliant book! The footnotes alone are must-reads.
Dec 19, 2013 Scott Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars
Amazing book. Similar I'd imagine to 'Anti-Oedipus' a bit, which I intend to read soon, though this book is very even handed and consistently belabors its scientific and psychological facts without ever going over to the point of saying what it is obviously saying. But definitely very interesting reading, completely engrossing.