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A Mind Trying to Right/Write Itself: Metaphors in Madness Narratives

Independent Researcher, Modiin 7172420, Israel
Humanities 2019, 8(2), 118; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8020118
Received: 20 February 2019 / Revised: 17 June 2019 / Accepted: 19 June 2019 / Published: 25 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Medical Narratives of Ill Health)
This article explores autobiographical madness narratives written by people with lived experience of psychosis, dated from the mid-19th century until the 1970s. The focus of the exploration is on the metaphors used in these narratives in order to communicate how the writers experienced and understood madness from within. Different metaphors of madness, such as going out of one’s mind, madness as an inner beast, another world, or a transformative journey are presented based on several autobiographical books. It is argued that these metaphors often represent madness as the negative picture of what it is to be human, while the narrative writing itself helps to restore a sense of belonging and personhood. The value and function of metaphors in illness and madness narratives is further discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: psychosis; madness; schizophrenia; narrative; autobiography; metaphor; history of psychosis; madness; schizophrenia; narrative; autobiography; metaphor; history of
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Stanger Elran, R. A Mind Trying to Right/Write Itself: Metaphors in Madness Narratives. Humanities 2019, 8, 118.

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