By Louis A. Sass

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The similarities among insanity and modernism are extraordinary: defiance of authority, nihilism, severe relativism, distortions of time, unusual variations of self, and masses extra. during this ebook, Louis Sass, a medical psychologist, bargains a brand new imaginative and prescient of schizophrenia, evaluating it with the works of such artists and writers as Kafka, Beckett, and Duchamp and philosophers together with Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault and Derrida. It presents a portrait of the realm of the madman, in addition to a observation on modernist and postmodernist culture.

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In a uni- verse where human and but as mere intentions are nonexistent or inconsequential, where objects no longer show up as goals, obstacles, or tools phenomena for contemplation, it is no longer possible for narrative with its presumption of meaningful unifying principle. Many works natives to storytelling and historical structure, change, to serve as a central of modernist literature therefore seek alter- standard devices of temporal or narra- to all the tive form. " 88 To achieve this sense of encompassing experiential stasis, writers use a number of devices to draw attention away scholar Joseph Frank describes from both the inherent temporality of language (which by only present one word human implicit temporality of its very nature can and the purposes and causes.

4 — agonizing, to those closest to them: a son, daughter, brother, or wife will still be there longer ger. seem And, to to may no breathing and speaking, but he or she in the flesh, have a soul and may seem to treat you like an utter stran- judge from what schizophrenics report, they themselves are not spared this unnerving sense of aberrancy and alienation. They may human experience the most profound alterations in the very structures of consciousness, in the forms of time, space, causality, and human that normally provide a kind of bedrock foundation for a stable existence.

Only the following chapters can really demonstrate the aptness and fruitfulness of the comparison, but one remark here can perhaps help bring the two domains into suggestive alignment: if schizophrenia is to be comprehended psychologically, I would suggest that its interpretation must be intimately tied to its very diversity and incomprehensibility; what better place, then, to seek analogies than in the culture of modernism/postmodernism that "tradition of the new" where bafflement and pluralism are the of modernist art — rule?

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