Schizo: The Liberatory Potential of Madness

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Schizo: The Liberatory Potential of Madness


Edited by Irina Lyubchenko and Fiona Ann Papps

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)


‘Schizo’: The Liberatory Potential of Madness’ presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the potential of madness as a force for liberation from societies of control.

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The term madness continues to perplex, to puzzle and to provoke. As such, questions about madness circulate around the place of madness across historical, cultural, and social boundaries. Regardless of the place that madness assumes in our world, madness can be understood as having the potential to liberate individuals from a society of control. Because madness can be understood not merely as one end of the binary of reason and unreason but as a form of art that allows us to transcend reason, it provides us with the ultimate liberation: to accept, know and understand the possibilities of a multiplicity of meanings and senses beyond reason, beyond the commonsense. And with such liberation, we gain the power not only to change our own lives, but society as a whole.

‘Schizo’: The Liberatory Potential of Madness
Irina Lyubchenko and Fiona Ann Papps

Arcane Veritas: Understanding Madness through the Poetry of Experimental Film
Irina Lyubchenko

Method to the Writer’s Madness: The Writer’s Capability of Multiplying Personalities and Integrating Them into the Narrative
Aleksandar Kordis

Is Outsider Art an Outsider?
Isil Ezgi Celik

‘Her life, like her hair, had become unmanageable’: Women’s Hair as a Site for Madness
Fiona Ann Papps

Mad, Bad and Sad: A Song-Cycle of Madwomen
Teresa Bell

Widowhood and Attempted Forced Levirate Marriage as Precursors of Female Madness in Julie Okoh’s Our Wife Forever
Oluchi Joyce Igili

Red Rooms, Attics and Female Antics: The Representation of Mad Women in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea
Anna Klambauer

Madness, Disorientation and Incorrigible Women: Eugene Ionesco and the Failures of the Anti-Theatre
Eileen S. Chanza Torres and Katherine A. Panushka

Going to Pieces to Be Alive in Otherness: Madness as Only Chance for Sanity in Susan Glaspell’s The Verge
Doreen Bauschke

‘Mad to live, mad to talk’: Madness as Blessing in Howl and On the Road
Terri Jane Dow

In the Name of Psy-Disciplines: The Development of Mental Hygiene in Republican China
Zheng Fei

‘A mind diseased’: Examining the Evolution of Madness Using Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Sarah Ahmed

Images of Madness in William Blake’s Apocalyptic World
Ruxanda Topor

Insanity and the Doppelgänger in Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White and Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret
Rachel A. Sims

The Madness of Wizard Harry: Insanity in the Harry Potter Series
Katarzyna Szmigiero

The Madness of Making Sense: Madness and Integrative Knowledge
Ioana Zamfir and Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau

Irina Lyubchenko was born in Moscow in 1981 and immigrated to Canada in 2001. She graduated from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in 2007 and from University of Ottawa’s MFA program in 2010. Lyubchenko specializes in media arts with focus on film and video. She is currently a PhD candidate at Ryerson Joint with York Communication and Culture Program.

Fiona Ann Papps is a senior lecturer in Psychological Sciences at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Her research interests include representations of body and sexuality in the popular media and qualitative and quantitative research methods. She also writes poetry and creative non-fiction.