Discourses of Madness
Call for Papers
DISCOURSES OF MADNESS
Today I felt pass over me a breath of wind from the wings of madness.
Literary artists and textualists have long been fascinated by the alienated, the marginalized, the eccentric; intrigued, if not befuddled, by their non-conformity, their recalcitrance, their obstinate refusal to adhere; seized by their indifference to social norms and prescribed dictates; lured, if not bemused, by their fundamental apartness or uncompromising candor. In this optic, the non-clinical dimensions of madness have been extensively explored in short stories, novels, poems, dramas, comedies, treatises, exposés, essays, epistles, even in post-modern counter-narratives masquerading as autobiographical memoirs. In consequence of this critical and meta-critical abundance, it is not uncommon to discover writings by scholars of the mind, specialists in applied psychiatric theory, eager to proffer accounts of “textualized” insanity, its plethoric configurations and manifestations.
In Michel Foucault’s seminal work, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason (1961), and throughout literary history, madness has been inextricably linked to myth and religion, to societal practices and cultural biases. From Viking berserkers to impassioned lovers in search of elusive soulmates, emotional excess has often served to delineate norms and to assign diagnostic terms to those who fall without prescribed, predisposed boundaries.
This Special Issue invites contributions that span chronology, culture, and genre in an (individual and collective) attempt to probe the depths of a heterogenous, yet ill-defined phenomenon that has fascinated and perplexed writers and readers since the beginning of time. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, the essays to inhabit this volume will constitute a trans-temporal illumination—pathological and poetic—of discourse and madness alike.
Contributions of 5000-12000 words are welcome (although the merits of individual submissions will take precedence over essay length).
While the publication deadline for submission to this Special Issue is 30 June 2024, articles will be published online on a contininuing basis - shortly after final acceptance. Thus, for example, a paper accepted in April 2023, will be published online and in various formats within ca. 10 days following final acceptance
Prof. Dr. Mary Jo Muratore
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Prof. Dr. Mary Jo Muratore Curators Distinguished Professor, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Missouri, Columbia MO 65211 USA.