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Writing And Madness

Author : Shoshana Felman
ISBN : 0804744491
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This is the author's most influential work of literary theory and criticism in which she explores the relations between literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis.
Category: Literary Criticism

Writing And Madness In A Time Of Terror

Author : Afarin Majidi
ISBN : 1973581086
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Earning an MFA in writing at the New School, working at Rolling Stone magazine, and being courted by an editor at a prestigious publishing house--Afarin Majidi should be thrilled with the direction her life is taking as she turns thirty. Instead, she is spiraling into the depths of madness as she seeks love and acceptance in an Islamophobic society. After colleagues at the magazine drug and rape her, she's left with an unfinished novel. She turns to a former professor, James Lasdun, with whom she develops a toxic obsession. Majidi is the woman he calls "Nasreen" in his memoir, Give Me Everything You Have. Raw and honest, Writing and Madness in a Time of Terror is a haunting meditation on identity, misogyny, violence, and mental illness. Majidi earned her BA from Barnard College and an MFA from New School University. She is the niece of Abdol-Madgid Madgidi, a prominent cabinet member during the Shah of Iran's reign. Writing and Madness in a Time of Terror begins with her family's narrow escape from execution during the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Lucid Interval

Author : George MacLennan
ISBN : 0838635059
Genre : Psychology
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Throughout history a number of writers have given utterance to their own extreme experiences of mental breakdown and madness. In a chronological study that ranges in time and place from medieval England and renaissance Italy to nineteenth-century France, George MacLennan examines the work of eight such writers, poets, or autobiographers, both well known and obscure: Thomas Hoccleve, Torquato Tasso, James Carkesse, John Bunyan, George Trosse, William Cowper, John Clare, and Gerard de Nerval. Michael Foucault once asked the tantilizing (sic) question, "How can language apply a single and identical discourse to poetry and madness?" Lucid Interval concerns itself with this question, broaching it in its cultural and historical dimensions and broadening its terms of reference to include the relationship between subjective writing, literature, and madness. While it is primarily concerned with modes of literary writing, this study draws on a growing body of research into the history of madness and its treatment, addressing topics in the fields of psychoanalytic theory as well as religious, social, and medical history. In recent years the topic of madness has received an increasing amount of attention from critics and historians. As one historian has complained, however, the experience of madness itself remains exiled to the margins of knowledge. No less importantly, no study yet seriously addressed the phenomenon to which Foucault drew attention in the early 1960s, namely the emergence in Western culture of a subjective literature of madness. This study seeks to comprehend the voices of those exponents of inner crisis and of madness who have expressed themselves in writing. It further considers the cultural conditions under which their discourses, in certain significant instances, acquire the status of "literature." MacLennan approaches the eight writers from a broadly sociohistorical viewpoint and takes into account relevant biographical and medical evidence, where available, examining their situations as revealed or mediated by their writings. Through a series of detailed analyses, he argues that these writings bear witness to a progressively increasing degree of psychological inwardness in Western culture. This is a process that affects both how madness is experienced by the individual and how it is expressed in subjective writing. By the late eighteenth century, madness becomes, for a significant number of writers and artists, an intimately interiorized condition, one which implicates their entire affective life. It is this subjectivized and "existential" madness that, in the Romantic period and subsequently, has been taken to express an "inner truth" in an increasingly secularized and alienating state of society. In taking these developments into account, Lucid Interval is able to arrive at a fresh understanding of the appearance in the modern period of such figures as Clare and de Nerval--writers who suffer madness as an inner, subjective catastrophe but who, in the midst of that experience, are able to explore it creatively, so producing a "literature of madness," which is a new phenomenon in itself and which sets a troubling precedent for modern culture.
Category: Psychology

Writing And Difference

Author : Jacques Derrida
ISBN : 0226143295
Genre : Literary Criticism
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First published in 1967, Writing and Difference, a collection of Jacques Derrida's essays written between 1959 and 1966, has become a landmark of contemporary French thought. In it we find Derrida at work on his systematic deconstruction of Western metaphysics. The book's first half, which includes the celebrated essay on Descartes and Foucault, shows the development of Derrida's method of deconstruction. In these essays, Derrida demonstrates the traditional nature of some purportedly nontraditional currents of modern thought—one of his main targets being the way in which "structuralism" unwittingly repeats metaphysical concepts in its use of linguistic models. The second half of the book contains some of Derrida's most compelling analyses of why and how metaphysical thinking must exclude writing from its conception of language, finally showing metaphysics to be constituted by this exclusion. These essays on Artaud, Freud, Bataille, Hegel, and Lévi-Strauss have served as introductions to Derrida's notions of writing and différence—the untranslatable formulation of a nonmetaphysical "concept" that does not exclude writing—for almost a generation of students of literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. Writing and Difference reveals the unacknowledged program that makes thought itself possible. In analyzing the contradictions inherent in this program, Derrida foes on to develop new ways of thinking, reading, and writing,—new ways based on the most complete and rigorous understanding of the old ways. Scholars and students from all disciplines will find Writing and Difference an excellent introduction to perhaps the most challenging of contemporary French thinkers—challenging because Derrida questions thought as we know it.
Category: Literary Criticism

Derrida S Writing And Difference

Author : Sarah Wood
ISBN : 9781441188366
Genre : Philosophy
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Writing and Difference is one of Jacques Derrida's most widely read and studied books. In a collection of essays that engage with literature, history, poetry, dramaturgy, psychoanalysis, ethnology and structuralism, Derrida demonstrates how philosophy and literature might be read, and revolutionizes our understanding of writing, difference and life itself. This introduction is the ideal companion to an unprecedented and influential group of texts.
Category: Philosophy

The Routledge Handbook Of Digital Writing And Rhetoric

Author : Jonathan Alexander
ISBN : 9781315518473
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This handbook brings together scholars from around the globe who here contribute to our understanding of how digital rhetoric is changing the landscape of writing. Increasingly, all of us must navigate networks of information, compose not just with computers but an array of mobile devices, increase our technological literacy, and understand the changing dynamics of authoring, writing, reading, and publishing in a world of rich and complex texts. Given such changes, and given the diverse ways in which younger generations of college students are writing, communicating, and designing texts in multimediated, electronic environments, we need to consider how the very act of writing itself is undergoing potentially fundamental changes. These changes are being addressed increasingly by the emerging field of digital rhetoric, a field that attempts to understand the rhetorical possibilities and affordances of writing, broadly defined, in a wide array of digital environments. Of interest to both researchers and students, this volume provides insights about the fields of rhetoric, writing, composition, digital media, literature, and multimodal studies.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing And Researching For A Thesis Proposal

Author : Clara Herlina Karjo
ISBN : 9786237247623
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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As an undergraduate student, you should carry out a research to be qualified for a bachelor degree. Yet, research can be a major stumbling block for a student to achieve his/her goal. However, research should not hinder you to attain your aim. It only takes a little understanding and practice. This book describes almost everything you need to carry out a research assignment, as well as some techniques, concepts and conventions for writing a scientific paper. And more importantly, it has ample samples and practices. The objective of this book is to guide you step by step, little by little to design your research and finally write your very own thesis proposal. I sincerely wish that you could take advantage of this book and begin your journey to greatness. Happy researching and writing!
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Music Madness And The Unworking Of Language

Author : John T Hamilton
ISBN : 9780231512541
Genre : Music
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In the romantic tradition, music is consistently associated with madness, either as cause or cure. Writers as diverse as Kleist, Hoffmann, and Nietzsche articulated this theme, which in fact reaches back to classical antiquity and continues to resonate in the modern imagination. What John Hamilton investigates in this study is the way literary, philosophical, and psychological treatments of music and madness challenge the limits of representation and thereby create a crisis of language. Special focus is given to the decidedly autobiographical impulse of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, where musical experience and mental disturbance disrupt the expression of referential thought, illuminating the irreducible aspects of the self before language can work them back into a discursive system. The study begins in the 1750s with Diderot's Neveu de Rameau, and situates that text in relation to Rousseau's reflections on the voice and the burgeoning discipline of musical aesthetics. Upon tracing the linkage of music and madness that courses through the work of Herder, Hegel, Wackenroder, and Kleist, Hamilton turns his attention to E. T. A. Hoffmann, whose writings of the first decades of the nineteenth century accumulate and qualify the preceding tradition. Throughout, Hamilton considers the particular representations that link music and madness, investigating the underlying motives, preconceptions, and ideological premises that facilitate the association of these two experiences. The gap between sensation and its verbal representation proved especially problematic for romantic writers concerned with the ineffability of selfhood. The author who chose to represent himself necessarily faced problems of language, which invariably compromised the uniqueness that the author wished to express. Music and madness, therefore, unworked the generalizing functions of language and marked a critical limit to linguistic capabilities. While the various conflicts among music, madness, and language questioned the viability of signification, they also raised the possibility of producing meaning beyond significance.
Category: Music

Reader S Guide To Literature In English

Author : Mark Hawkins-Dady
ISBN : 9781135314170
Genre : Reference
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Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.
Category: Reference