By Allen Thiher
"Fascinating and critical . . . a piece of prodigious scholarship, overlaying the full background of Western idea and treating either literary and scientific discourses with subtlety and verve."---Louis Sass, writer of insanity and Modernism"The scope of this ebook is daunting, starting from insanity within the historic Greco-Roman international, to Christianized thoughts of medieval folly, during the writings of early sleek authors reminiscent of Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Descartes, and directly to German Romantic philosophy, fin de si?cle French poetry, and Freud . . . Artaud, Duras, and Plath."---Isis"This provocative and heavily argued paintings will gift many readers."---ChoiceIn Revels in insanity, Allen Thiher surveys a awesome variety of writers as he exhibits how conceptions of insanity in literature have mirrored the cultural assumptions in their period. Thiher underscores the transition from classical to fashionable theories of madness-a transition that all started on the finish of the Enlightenment and culminates in contemporary women's writing that demanding situations the postmodern figuring out of insanity as a fall from language or as a disorder of tradition.