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A Cultural Approach to Emotional Disorders

Psychological and Aesthetic Interpretations, 1st Edition

By E. Deidre Pribram

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170 pages

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In her latest contribution to the growing field of emotion studies, Deidre Pribram makes a compelling argument for why culturalist approaches to the study of emotional "disorders" continue to be eschewed, even as the sociocultural and historical study of mental illness flourishes. The author ties this phenomenon to a tension between two fundamentally different approaches to emotion: an individualist approach, which regards emotions as the property of the individual, whether biologically or psychologically, and a culturalist approach, which regards emotions as collective, social processes with distinctive histories and meanings that work to produce particularized subjects. While she links a strong preference for the individualist construct in Western culture to the rise of the psychological and psychiatric disciplines at the turn of the twentieth century, Pribram also engages with a diverse set of case studies tied to psychological and aesthetic discourses on emotions. These range from Van Gogh’s status as emotionally disordered to the public, emotional aesthetics of 19th century melodrama to the diagnostic categories of the DSMs and the fear of "globalizing" emotional disorders in the 21st century. This genuinely interdisciplinary approach makes for a text with potential application in a wide range of disciplines within cultural studies, including sociocultural and historical analysis of psychiatry and psychology, gender theory, subject and identity theory, popular culture studies, and history and theory of the arts.

Reviews

"This conceptualization of the relationship of cultural entities and emotions makes the book an interesting read and a valuable call for further inquiry."

- Dominique Autschbach, International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, in KULT_online. Review Journal for the Study of Culture, Issue 50, 10 May, 2017

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Madness and Mental Illness 2. The Psychological Self 3. The Artist as Mad Genius 4. Personality Disorders, Biopsychiatry, and the Problem of Social Identity 5. Neuroscience and Other Narratives of Emotional Disorders

About the Author

E. Deidre Pribram is, most recently, the author of A Cultural Approach to Emotional Disorders: Psychological and Aesthetic Interpretations and Emotions, Genre, Justice in Film and Television: Detecting Feeling, as well as co-editor of Emotions: A Cultural Studies Reader. She writes on cultural emotion studies, media studies, gender, and popular culture. She is Professor in the Communications Department of Molloy College, Long Island, New York.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY013000
PSYCHOLOGY / Emotions
PSY015000
PSYCHOLOGY / History
SOC022000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies