CALL FOR PAPERS
DISCOURSES OF MADNESS
Special volume of Humanities (Journal)
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 specialists in applied psychiatric theory, eager to proffer accounts of “textualized” insanity. 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 attempt to probe the depths of a heterogenous 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.
Articles will be published on a continuing basis – shortly after final acceptance.
Prof. M. J. Muratore
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NOTE: ALL PROCESSING AND OTHER FEES FOR PAPERS ACCEPTED INTO THIS SPECIAL VOLUME WILL BE WAIVED. PUBLICATION WILL BE COST-FREE TO AUTHORS.