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Madness and Modernism By Louis A. Sass

Madness and Modernism
by Louis A. Sass

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Examines the similarities between madness and aspects of modernism such as nihilism, transformations of self and defiance of authority. It offers a new perspective on schizophrenia by comparing it with the works of artists, writers and philosophers such as Kafka, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Foucault.
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Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature and Thought by Louis A. Sass

The similarities between madness and modernism are striking: defiance of authority, nihilism, extreme relativism, distortions of time, strange transformations of self, and much more. In this book, Louis Sass, a clinical psychologist, offers a new vision of schizophrenia, comparing it with the works of such artists and writers as Kafka, Beckett, and Duchamp and philosophers including Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault and Derrida. It provides a portrait of the world of the madman, along with a commentary on modernist and postmodernist culture.

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Madness and Modernism Reviews

Wholly fascinating..."Madness and Modernism" is rooted in a thorough knowledge of the psychological literature, but [Sass] also draws on an extensive acquaintance with 19th and 20th-century art, literature and philosophy...Powerful, lucid and original...Should revolutionise our thinking about the workings of the human mind. -- Iain McGilchrist "London Review of Books"

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Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature and Thought by Louis A. Sass
Louis A. Sass
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