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作者 Reich, Rebecca, author
書名 State of madness : psychiatry, literature, and dissent after Stalin / Rebecca Reich
出版項 DeKalb, Illinois : Northern Illinois University Press, [2018]
©2018
國際標準書號 9780875807751
9781609092337 (ebook)
book jacket
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 人文社會聯圖  RC450.S65 R45 2018    在架上    30610020577763
說明 xi, 283 pages ; 24 cm
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附註 Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-275) and index
Introduction -- Soviet psychiatry and the art of diagnosis -- Thinking differently : the case of the dissidents -- Dialogue of selves : the case of Joseph Brodsky -- Creative madness : the case of Andrei Siniavskii -- Madness as mask : the case of Venedikt Erofeev -- Conclusion
"What madness meant was a fiercely contested question in Soviet society. State of Madness examines the politically fraught collision between psychiatric and literary discourses in the years after Joseph Stalin's death. State psychiatrists deployed set narratives of mental illness to pathologize dissenting politics and art. Dissents such as Aleksandr Vol'pin, Vladimir Bukovskii, and Semen Gluzman responded by highlighting a pernicious overlap between those narratives and their life stories. The state, they suggested in their own psychiatrically themed texts, had crafted an idealized view of reality that itself resembled a pathological work of art. In their unsanctioned poetry and prose, the writers Joseph Brodsky, Andrei Siniavskii, and Venedikt Erofeev similarly engaged with psychiatric disource to probe where creativity ended and insanity began. Together, these dissenters cast themselves as psychiatrists to a sick society. By challenging psychiatry's right to declare them or what they wrote insane, dissenters exposed as a self-serving fiction the state's renewed claims to rationality and modernity in the post-Stalin years. They were, as they observed, like the child who breaks the spell of collective delusion in Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Emperor's New Clothes." In a society where normality means insisting that the naked monarch is clothed, it is the truth-teller who is pathologized. This bold interdisciplinary study situates literature's encounter with psychiatry at the center of a wider struggle over authority and power"-- Back cover
主題 Literature and mental illness -- Soviet Union
Psychiatry -- Soviet Union -- History
Mental illness -- Soviet Union
Involuntary treatment -- Soviet Union
Dissenters -- Soviet Union
Psychiatry -- Political aspects -- Soviet Union
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