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Madness, art, and society : beyond illness / Anna Harpin.

  • Harpin, Anna
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About this work


"Madness, Art, and Society engages with artistic practices from theatre and live art to graphic fiction, charting a multiplicity of ways of thinking critically with, rather than about, non-normative psychological experience. It is organised into two parts, 'Psychiatrists, Institutions, Treatments', which illuminates the environments, figures and models of psychiatric care, and 'Realities, Bodies, Moods', which rejects diagnostic categories in favour of a radical openness to the diversity of madness. Reading the works discussed as a form of protest literature, Madness, Art, and Society seeks a more nuanced understanding of the plurality of madness in contemporary art and society."--Provided by publisher.


Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2018.

Physical description

xii, 227 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm


Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Introduction: beyond illness -- Part 1. Structures: psychiatrists, institutions, treatments I am no more mad than you are; make the trial of it in any constant question: R.D. Laing and the figure of the psychiatrist -- I guess that this must be the place: sites of madness -- It was a brilliant cure but we lost the patient: treating madness -- Part 2. Experiences: realities, bodies, moods -- Imagining reality: perceptual experiences on stage and screen -- I watch myself disappear in their eyes, in their tesses, I talk loud but -- Still I don't exist: women's bodies and psychopathology -- Something and nothing: moods of madness.


  • English

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