No term is so evocative as madness. Indeed, no scholarly definition of madness exists; hardly surprising given that constructions and representations of madness are products of social, economic, historical and philosophical forces, and cannot be separated from the social conditions under which they appear. How we understand madness, then, relies on the metaphors and tropes used to represent it, and these are as variable as the contexts giving rise to madness. Nevertheless, enduring cross-cultural and cross-historical themes emerge in the study of madness, associating it with the monstrous, the tragically heroic and the feminine. The continuity of these themes raises questions highlighting the centrality of power to understanding of madness: who defines madness, from what position, within what context and with what intended outcome? Madness, then, participates in and constructs its own rhizomatic madness, inviting us to draw on a multiplicity of knowledges and positionings to make sense of it.
‘And Then the Monsters Come Out’: Madness, Language and Power
Edited by Fiona Ann Papps
‘And Then the Monsters Come Outʼ: Madness, Language and Power presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the themes of language and power in the construction and representation of madness.
Categories: Persons, Medicine & Health, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Digital Books.
Tags: bereavement, citizenship, community-based participatory research, Eroticism, female and the feminine, gender, hysteria, insanity, Language, Madness and mental health, menstruation, metaphor, monstrosity, nineteenth century, power, recovery, social norms, suicide and grief, tragic hero.
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‘And Then the Monsters Come Out’
Fiona Ann Papps
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‘And Somebody Else Comes In’: Shared Madness in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace
The Lived Experience of Mental Health Issues as a Constructive Asset for Redefining Citizenship and Social Inclusion
Insanity as a Social Norm in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Madness as a Feminine Image in Ottoman-Turkish Literature
Melancholia Chic; or Why Does Culture Glamourise Female Misery?
Examining Female Madness in Atwood’s Surfacing: Madness or Awakening?
The Victorian Period: Menstrual Madness in the Nineteenth Century
Slippery When Wet: Madness and Eroticism in the Bloody Countess Elizabeth Bathory
Fiona Ann Papps is a 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.