Scenes of Madness: A Psychiatrist at the Theatre by Derek Russell Davis
Scenes of Madness: A Psychiatrist at the Theatre
Author: Derek Russell Davis
Title: Scenes of Madness: A Psychiatrist at the Theatre
ISBN10: 0415056780
ISBN13: 978-0415056786
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (October 10, 1991)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1448 kb
Size epub: 1707 kb
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Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
What can we learn about madness from plays? Plays, when they portray madness, put it into the context of the events and circumstances that have afflicted the person, and provide models of madness which interest all those who meet madness in their professional work or their daily lives. Derek Russell Davis believes that playgoers can learn as much about madness at the theatre as from textbooks of psychiatry, and that the understanding plays give of madness is all the more vivid because the events are presented dramatically, evoking feelings as well as intellectual curiosity. In "Scenes of Madness" , Davis discusses the account given by playwrights of the madness afflicting such diverse characters as Orestes, Oedipus, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Dr Faustus, Peer Gynt, Oswald Alving, Ivanov and Blanche Dubois. The madness depicted in plays is put into the context of the crucial experiences in the person's history and current relationships, and is shown to arise out of the crises in systems of relationships and to recover when there is reconciliation. This book should be of interest to psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, and psychoanalysts.