The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art And Manic-depressive Illness by Thomas C. CaramagnoThe Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art And Manic-depressive Illness by Thomas C. Caramagno

The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art And Manic-depressive Illness

byThomas C. CaramagnoAfterword byKay Redfield Jamison

Hardcover | July 27, 1992

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In this major new book on Virginia Woolf, Caramagno contends psychobiography has much to gain from a closer engagement with science. Literary studies of Woolf's life have been written almost exclusively from a psychoanalytic perspective. They portray Woolf as a victim of the Freudian "family romance," reducing her art to a neurotic evasion of a traumatic childhood.

But current knowledge about manic-depressive illness—its genetic transmission, its biochemistry, and its effect on brain function—reveals a new relationship between Woolf's art and her illness. Caramagno demonstrates how Woolf used her illness intelligently and creatively in her theories of fiction, of mental functioning, and of self structure. Her novels dramatize her struggle to imagine and master psychic fragmentation. They helped her restore form and value to her own sense of self and lead her readers to an enriched appreciation of the complexity of human consciousness.
Thomas C. Caramagno teaches in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska. Kay Redfield Jamison is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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Title:The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art And Manic-depressive IllnessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:362 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:July 27, 1992Publisher:University of California Press

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ISBN - 10:0520072804

ISBN - 13:9780520072800

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