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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.
musty. had to rest my wrists and thought-sodden brain every half an hour or so in order not to yield to psychosomatic fatigue. its great length is demonstrative and not entirely functional, wallowing in empirical detail and adding very little to the claims being made (which, in themselves, would have survived radical compression). these lingerings and delays, however, are wholly redeemed by the fantastic range of examples that accompany the supple reporting on the modernist moment, and the metic ...more
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.