Scenes of Madness: A Psychiatrist at the Theatre

1st Edition

Derek Russell Davis

Routledge
Published November 23, 1995
Reference - 218 Pages
ISBN 9780415131735 - CAT# RU14109

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Summary

Derek Russell Davis argues that mental health professionals working in a hospital or clinic setting can learn much from playwrights about the psychological processes in mental illness. Looking at such diverse characters as Orestes, Hamlet, Lear, Ophelia, Peer Gynt, Oswald Alving and Blanche Dubois, Dr Davis shows how madness in plays is put into the context of the crucial experiences in an individual's history and current relationships, and demonstrates that these stories can be a new and exciting source of insight into mental illness.

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