Madness In Post-1945 British And American Fiction

Hardcover | November 15, 2010

byPaul Crawford, Charley Baker, Ronald Carter

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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 the discipline of Health Humanities. The book looks at representations of madness in a range of texts by postwar writers (such as Ken Kesey, Marge Piercy, Patrick McGrath, Leslie Marmon Silko, William Golding, Patrick Gale, William Burroughs and J.G. Ballard, to name a few), and explores the ways in which these representations help to shape public perceptions and experiences of mental disorder.

This book is relevant to both those with interests in literary studies and a vital read for psychiatric clinicians and professionals who are interested in how literature can inform and enhance clinical practices.

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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, mak...

CHARLEY BAKER is a Research Associate at the University of Nottingham, UK. She is working towards a PhD at Royal Holloway on Postmodern Psychosis. She has published work on Self Harm in Literature and using Literature in Clinical Education. Baker has research interests in madness and literature, literature and trauma, bibliotherapy, a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.87 × 5.58 × 0.84 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230219756

ISBN - 13:9780230219755

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Author Biographies
Writing Madness, Analysing Madness
Mental States
Power and Institutions in Fiction
Diversity, Ethnicity, Madness and Fiction
Creativity, Madness and Fiction
Postmodern Madness
Literature and Clinical Education
Bibliography 
Endnotes
Index