The Resource Madness and modernism : insanity in the light of modern art, literature, and thought, Louis A. Sass

Madness and modernism : insanity in the light of modern art, literature, and thought, Louis A. Sass

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Madness and modernism : insanity in the light of modern art, literature, and thought
Title
Madness and modernism
Title remainder
insanity in the light of modern art, literature, and thought
Statement of responsibility
Louis A. Sass
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A stunning revelation of the eerie likeness between schizophrenic insanity and the sensibility of modern art, literature, and thought, Madness and Modernism presents a vivid and highly original portrait of the world of the madman, along with a provocative commentary on modernist and postmodernist culture. Sass, a clinical psychologist, explores the bizarre experiences of schizophrenia (and related conditions) through a comparison with the works of various artists and writers, including Franz Kafka, Paul Valery, Samuel Beckett, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Giorgio de Chirico, and Marcel Duchamp, and by considering the ideas of philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, William James, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida. The similarities between madness and modernism are striking: defiance of authority and convention; an extreme, often dizzying relativism, which can culminate in paralysis; nihilism and all-embracing irony; a tantalizing, uncanny, but always frustrating sense of revelation; obliteration of standard forms of time and narrative; pervasive dehumanization; and disappearance of external reality in favor of the omnipotent ego or, alternatively, dissolution of all sense of selfhood. This rigorously argued, gracefully written book offers a startlingly new vision of schizophrenia, an illness long recognized as the greatest challenge to psychiatric or psychological understanding. Conventionally seen as a loss of rationality, perhaps involving a return to some infantile or bestial condition, schizophrenia, according to Sass, is better understood as, in a sense, a disease of hyperrationality, with detachment from action, emotions, and the body and entrapment in forms of acute self-consciousness and heightened awareness. Sass refuses to romanticize the schizophrenic as a heroic rebel, mystic, or passionate Wildman, arguing instead that this condition echoes many of the most alienating aspects of modern life. In an epilogue and appendix, he considers whether modern culture might actively contribute to the genesis or shaping of schizophrenic forms of pathology, and he discusses the possible role of abnormalities of the brain. -- Publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sass, Louis Arnorsson
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RC514
LC item number
.S316 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WM 203
NLM item number
S252m 1992
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Schizophrenia
  • Modernism (Art)
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Modernism (Aesthetics)
  • Schizophrénie
  • Modernisme (Art)
  • Modernisme (Littérature)
  • Modernisme (Esthétique)
  • Modernisme (cultuur)
  • Psychische stoornissen
  • Art
  • Esthetics
  • Literature, Modern
  • Schizophrenia
  • Modernism (Aesthetics)
  • Modernism (Art)
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Schizophrenia
Label
Madness and modernism : insanity in the light of modern art, literature, and thought, Louis A. Sass
Link
https://archive.org/details/madnessmodernism00sass
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [399]-562) and indexes
Contents
Prologue: The Sleep of Reason -- 1. Introduction -- Pt. 1, Early Signs and Precursors: Perception and Personality : -- 2. The Truth-Taking Stare -- 3. The Separated Self ; -- Pt. 2, Aspects of Madness: Thought and Language : -- 4. Cognitive Slippage -- 5. Disturbances of Distance -- 6. Languages of Inwardness ; -- Pt. 3, Self and World in the Full-Blown Psychosis : -- 7. Loss of Self -- 8. Memoirs of a Nervous Illness -- 9. The Morbid Dreamer -- 10. World Catastrophe -- 11. Conclusion: Paradoxes of the Reflexive ; -- Epilogue: Schizophrenia and Modern Culture -- Appendix: Neurobiological Considerations
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 595 p.
Isbn
9780465043125
Lccn
91059013
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25369923
  • (OCoLC)ocm25369923
Label
Madness and modernism : insanity in the light of modern art, literature, and thought, Louis A. Sass
Link
https://archive.org/details/madnessmodernism00sass
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [399]-562) and indexes
Contents
Prologue: The Sleep of Reason -- 1. Introduction -- Pt. 1, Early Signs and Precursors: Perception and Personality : -- 2. The Truth-Taking Stare -- 3. The Separated Self ; -- Pt. 2, Aspects of Madness: Thought and Language : -- 4. Cognitive Slippage -- 5. Disturbances of Distance -- 6. Languages of Inwardness ; -- Pt. 3, Self and World in the Full-Blown Psychosis : -- 7. Loss of Self -- 8. Memoirs of a Nervous Illness -- 9. The Morbid Dreamer -- 10. World Catastrophe -- 11. Conclusion: Paradoxes of the Reflexive ; -- Epilogue: Schizophrenia and Modern Culture -- Appendix: Neurobiological Considerations
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 595 p.
Isbn
9780465043125
Lccn
91059013
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25369923
  • (OCoLC)ocm25369923

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