Mary E. Wood, “Life Writing and Schizophrenia: Encounters at the Edge of Meaning”

March 3, 2015
3:30 pmto4:30 pm

Wood_bookcover_WEBHumanities Center Conference Rm (159 PLC)
1415 Kincaid St.

Oregon Humanities Center: Faculty Author Series

Mary E. Wood, UO Department of English, will discuss her book Life Writing and Schizophrenia: Encounters at the Edge of Meaning on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. at 3:30 p.m. in the Humanities Center Conference Room. Professor Wood is a member of the CSWS Advisory Board.

Challenging the romanticized connection between literature and madness, Life Writing and Schizophrenia explores how writers who hear voices and experience delusions write their identities into narrative, despite popular and medical representations of schizophrenia as chaos, violence, and incoherence. The study juxtaposes these narratives to case histories by clinicians writing their encounters with those diagnosed with schizophrenia, encounters that call their own narrative authority and coherence into question.