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Revels in Madness: Insanity in Medicine and Literature

Thiher, Allen

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ISBN 10: 0472110357 / ISBN 13: 9780472110353
Published by University of Michigan Press January 4, 2000, Ann Arbor, 2000
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SIGNED by author. 354 pages. Light marking to five pages. Pen mark on rear dust jacket flap. Else a clean, tight copy. Record # 454458. Bookseller Inventory # 454458

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Title: Revels in Madness: Insanity in Medicine and ...

Publisher: University of Michigan Press January 4, 2000, Ann Arbor

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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"Fascinating and important . . . a work of prodigious scholarship, covering the entire history of Western thought and treating both literary and medical discourses with subtlety and verve."
---Louis Sass, author of Madness and Modernism

"The scope of this book is daunting, ranging from madness in the ancient Greco-Roman world, to Christianized concepts of medieval folly, through the writings of early modern authors such as Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Descartes, and on to German Romantic philosophy, fin de siècle French poetry, and Freud . . . Artaud, Duras, and Plath."
---Isis

"This provocative and closely argued work will reward many readers."
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In Revels in Madness, Allen Thiher surveys a remarkable range of writers as he shows how conceptions of madness in literature have reflected the cultural assumptions of their era. Thiher underscores the transition from classical to modern theories of madness-a transition that began at the end of the Enlightenment and culminates in recent women's writing that challenges the postmodern understanding of madness as a fall from language or as a dysfunction of culture.

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Allen Thiher is a Curators' Professor of French Emeritus at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University. Thiher's books include studies of Celine, Queneau, Kafka, Musil, and French cinema as well as books on literary theory, and science and literature. He currently lives in retirement in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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