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.
Woman on the Edge of Time
The madness of main character Connie is used by Piercy in this utopian novel to explore and subvert a range of gender, economic and racial issues whilst concomitantly commenting on the uses and abuses of psychiatry. Piercy’s futuristic world is the antithesis of life in the psychiatric ward. Connie is oppressed on many levels - as a woman, as Mexican, as poor, and as someone labelled with a mental illness. The introduction of a radical new form of social control, disguised as treatment – electrodes inserted into the brain to control violent or anti-social behaviours – demonstrates that present is far more frightening than the futuristic world for those in the institution.
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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