Dionysus in Literature: Essays on Literary Madness

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Branimir M. Rieger
Popular Press, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 233 pages
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In this anthology, outstanding authorities present their assessments of literary madness in a variety of topics and approaches. The entire collection of essays presents intriguing aspects of the Dionysian element in literature.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Literary Theories and the Concept of Madness
17
Are Creative Writers Mad? An Empirical Perspective
33
Through a Lens Darkly
49
A Horneyan Approach to American Literature
59
Antitypes of Merlin
71
Dostoyevsky
89
Madness and the Eye of the Reader
101
Vision Madness Myth and William Blake
113
Herman Melville and The Sane Madness of Vital Truth
149
Faulkner and the Furies
183
Images of the Shaman in the Works of Kurt Vonnegut
197
Manic Depression and Creativity
209
Contributors
231
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