How is madness experienced, treated, and represented? How might art think around – and beyond – psychiatric definitions of illness and wellbeing?
Madness, Art, and Society engages with artistic practices from theatre and live art to graphic fiction, charting a multiplicity of ways of thinking critically with, rather than about, non-normative psychological experience. It is organised into two parts:
Reading its case studies as a counter-discourse to orthodox psychiatry, Madness, Art, and Society seeks a more nuanced understanding of the plurality of madness in society, and in so doing, offers an outstanding resource for students and scholars alike.
Introduction: Beyond Illness
Part One: Structures: Psychiatrists, Institutions, Treatments
Chapter One: ‘I am no more mad than you are; make the trial of it in any constant question’:
R.D. Laing and the Figure of the Psychiatrist
Chapter Two: ‘I guess that this must be the place’: Sites of Madness
Chapter Three: ‘It was a brilliant cure but we lost the patient’: Treating Madness
Part Two: Experiences: Realities, Bodies, Moods
Chapter Four: Imagining Reality: Perceptual Experiences on Stage and Screen
Chapter Five: ‘I watch myself disappear in their eyes, in their tesses, I talk loud but
still I don’t exist’: Women’s Bodies and Psychopathology
Chapter Six: Something and Nothing: Moods of Madness