Publisher description for Madness and creativity in literature and culture / edited by Corrine Saunders and Jane Macnaughton.

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This collection of essays explores the relation between literature and madness from the Medieval to the Modern period. The essays examine how literature represents the experience of madness and cultural responses to it, and how madness may inspire creativity. The volume also illuminates the history of medicine, demonstrating the shifts and continuities in clinical understandings of and social attitudes to mental illness from the Middle Ages through to the "enlightened" notions of the Eighteenth Century to the development of psychoanalysis.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English literature History and criticism, Psychoanalysis and literature, Mentally ill, Writings of the History and criticism, Authorship Psychological aspects, Literature Psychological aspects, Creation (Literary, artistic, etc, )Authors, English Psychology, Literature and mental illness, Mental illness in literature, Mentally ill in literature, Creative ability