Our thanks to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding the Madness and Literature Network. Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. The range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. Further information on the AHRC is available on their website.
This project builds on a current project with The Leverhulme Trust on the representation of madness in post-war British and American Fiction. Membership to the Madness and Literature Network is free - Please register under ‘New User Registration’. Benefits of membership include the possibility of attending our invitation-only seminars, being kept fully informed of developments in the broad field of Health Humanities here at Nottingham, and the opportunity to submit fully peer-reviewed book reviews to our database, which will be accredited to the submitting reviewer.
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Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English (5th edition)
1st International Health Humanities Conference: Madness and Literature was held at Nottingham 6th - 8th August 2010. See 'Seminars and Conference' for further details.
The Good Patient
Duisberg’s novel is not only ambitious but examines a common but little fictionalised theme – Borderline Personality Disorder. The disorder is, crucially, not names as such in the novel, leading to questions of diagnostic usefulness. Furthermore, Duisberg narrates the experiences of Darien, the lead female character, with such sensitivity that her difficult behaviours – including deliberate self harm, risk-taking and manipulation of her partner – become understandable rather than inducing the therapeutic nihilism that is too often seen clinically. The novel also demonstrates Darien’s own lack of insight into her actions, and the benefits of a skilled therapist in managing and successfully treating her life-destroying psychological disorder.
The School of English Studies
in collaboration with the Schools of Nursing and Sociology and Social Policy
MA in Health Communication
(by web-based distance learning)
Meeting the challenges of communication - The MA programme in Health Communication provides a unique opportunity to investigate language and communication in various health care contexts. The course gives students a thorough grounding in the concepts, theories and research methods used in this area.
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