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The Madhouse of Language

Writing and Reading Madness in the Eighteenth Century

The Madhouse of Language by Allan Ingram
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Language has always been used as a measure of social, ideological, and psychological contexts for the exploration of madness. The Madhouse of Language considers the relations between madness and language from the late seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries, focusing on the close analysis of both medical records and texts by mad writers. It presents a highly original account of the linguistic relations between madness and sanity, of the appropriation by sane writers of the forms of English, and of attempts by mad patients to gain access to the expressive potential of language.
Taylor and Francis; January 2013
212 pages; ISBN 9781134968978
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Title: The Madhouse of Language
Author: Allan Ingram