New articles in Terrain on madness and music

The latest Terrain includes two articles that may be of interest to the followers of h-madness.

Musical hallucinations in nineteenth-century medicine and culture
James Kennaway

The historiography of musical hallucinations has hitherto focused on the origins of modern medical investigations of the subject. This has led to a view of the nineteenth century as a break in continuity in which ambivalent mystical conceptions were replaced by scientific perspectives of them as a symptom. This paper looks at the complex attitudes towards the phenomenon in the period, showing how religious, semi-scientific, romantic and medical debates allowed scope for continuing ambiguous and positive views.

Les fous musiciens dans les enluminures au Moyen Âge (xiiie– xve siècle)

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Martine Clouzot

Dans les manuscrits enluminés du Moyen Âge, la « musicothérapie » n’apparaît pas dans son acception actuelle, mais sa présence est implicite au sein des images du désordre, de l’excès, du vice et de la maladie. Science arithmétique de la proportion et de l’harmonie, la musique participe aussi du basculement dans le mundus inversus sous les traits de l’insensé et du roi David, des animaux et des hybrides musiciens, des jongleurs, des fous de cour et de carnaval.


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