Madness in Post-1945 British and American Fiction
This is one of the first books to comprehensively explore representations of madness in postwar British and American Fiction. The five authors come from diverse backgrounds – literary studies, social psychology, medical psychiatry and psychiatric nursing – and as such the book's perspectives are informed through several discourses, making it a unique co-authored text in th...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published October 12th 2010)
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This title looks at the portrayal of mental illness, or 'madness', in postwar english writing literature. The term madness issued deliberately to de-medicalise it and dissociate from medically-defined types of mental illness. It challenges head-on the notion of madness as 'other' simply by using the term madness, and asks us to question our beliefs of what madness is, and why our perceptions of social norms exist as they do, and why anything other than these norms are locked away inside the sana...more