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Madness in literature
Feder, Lillian.
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Publication Information:
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1980]

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xvi, 331 pages ; 23 cm
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To probe the literary representation of the alienated mind, Lillian Feder examines mad protagonists of literature and the work of writers for whom madness is a vehicle of self-revelation. Ranging from ancient Greek myth and tragedy to contemporary poetry, fiction, and drama, Professor Feder shows how literary interpretations of madness, as well as madness itself, reflect the very cultural assumptions, values, and prohibitions they challenge.

Author Notes

Lillian Feder is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Queens College and the Graduate School of The City University of New York

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
I. Varieties of Madness: Approach and Methodp. 3
II. Dionysiac Frenzy and Other Ancient Prototypes of Madnessp. 35
III. Reason in Madnessp. 98
IV. The Spleen, the Vapors, and the God Withinp. 147
V Madness as a Goalp. 203
VI. Conclusionp. 279
Notesp. 287
Indexp. 317