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Author Wood, Mary Elene.

Title Life writing and schizophrenia : encounters at the edge of meaning / Mary Elene Wood
Published Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (x, 353 pages)
Series Clio medica: perspectives in medical humanities ; 90
Clio medica (Amsterdam, Netherlands) ; 90
Contents 'Time turned solid, like a wall': four mental hospital memoirs -- 'Will they hear and be convinced by my story?' First person accounts from Schizophrenia bulletin -- 'A striking similarity with our theory': Freud and Bateson read memoirs of schizophrenia -- 'The speech which arranges the dance': the undoing of schizophrenia in Janet Frame's autobiography and fiction -- Diagnostic narrative in the DSM-IV casebook -- 'That damn schizophrenia': evolving identity in Eunice Wood's unwritten story
Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 'Time Turned Solid, Like a Wall':Four Mental Hospital Memoirs; 2 'Will They Hear and Be Convinced by my Story?'First Person Accounts from Schizophrenia Bulletin; 3 'A Striking Similarity with our Theory':Freud and Bateson Read Memoirs of Schizophrenia; 4 'The Speech Which Arranges the Dance':The Undoing of Schizophrenia in Janet Frame'sAutobiography and Fiction; 5 Diagnostic Narrative in the DSM-IV Casebook; 6 'That Damn Schizophrenia':Evolving Identity in Eunice Wood's Unwritten Story; Bibliography; Index
Summary How do you write your life story when readers expect you not to make sense? How do you write a case history that makes sense when, face to face with schizophrenia, your ability to tell a diagnostic story begins to fall apart? This book examines work in several genres of life writing-autobiography, memoir, case history, autobiographical fiction-focused either on what it means to live with schizophrenia or what it means to understand and 'treat' people who have received that diagnosis. Challenging the romanticized connection between literature and madness, Life Writing and Schizophrenia explores
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Autobiography.
Literature and mental illness.
Mentally ill in literature.
Schizophrenia -- Personal narratives.
Schizophrenic Psychology.
Literature, Modern.
Mentally Ill Persons -- psychology.
Personal Narratives as Topic.
Genre/Form Personal Narrative.
Personal narratives.
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
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