Healing Arts: The History of Art Therapy

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2001 - Art - 336 pages
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The phrase 'art therapy' was first coined in 1942, but Susan Hogan's study begins in the latter part of the eighteenth century, when the arts were used as part of the 'moral treatment' method. In the nineteenth century psychological and anthropological writings come under scrutiny, in particular the way in which symbolism in art and language was linked to theories of degeneration and assumptions about the hierarchy of races. The author explores in detail psychoanalytic theories of symbolism, the development of a 'psychopathological school' and analytic (Jungian) psychology. Susan Hogan's book is informative, well researched and entertaining. As well as providing an authoritative history of art therapy, it covers such diverse topics as the philosophy of art therapy, the way attitudes to insanity have changed, the role of art therapy in the context of post-war rehabilitation and the treatment of tuberculosis patients, Surrealism, and Britain's first therapeutic community. It is an invaluable resource for art therapists, and an interesting, informative read for anyone interested in art history or the history of ideas.
 

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Contents

1 The Intellectual Precursors of Art Therapy in Britain
21
Moral Contagion the Curative and Transformative Power of the Arts in Moral Treatment
32
Art Therapy Degeneration Psychoanalysis and the Psychopathological School
51
Is Modern Art Mad Art?
94
5 In the Tradition of Moral Treatment
111
Adrian Hill and the Development of Art Therapy within Sanatoria
132
Research at Maudsley and Netherne Hospitals
160
The Development of Art Therapy within Psychiatry and Related Settings c19351965
186
Britains First Therapeutic Community Dedicated to Art Therapy
220
10 Branch Street and Other Projects
290
A Conclusion
302
REFERENCES
316
SUBJECT INDEX
329
AUTHOR INDEX
334
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About the author (2001)

Susan Hogan taught twentieth-century art history and theory at the University of New South Wales and the National Art School, Sydney. She served as Vice-President of the Australian National Art Therapy Association. She is currently Reader in Cultural Studies and Art Therapy at the University of Derby's School of Health and Community Studies.

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