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Affective illness and the Writing existence interrogates the mythos of the 'mad author' via lived adventure, literary research, writerly mirrored image and modern neuroscience. It explores how affective issues color, force and infrequently silence the writing brain – and the way affective distinction has regularly proficient the literary mind's eye.

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1057/9781137381668 Muse Afire  The longing to belong Artists and those who suffer from mental illness are often palpably aware of being different. “I’ve always been aware that something in my life was not quite right, if not totally wrong”, writes Meri Nana-Ama Danquah. “My scales were never balanced. For every twelve joys, I had twenty-five sorrows. ” The mentally distressed and the artistic may be particularly attuned to difference because it often creates internal conflict, an aching that can’t be soothed, or a generalized sense of discomfort.

1057/9781137381668  Stephanie Stone Horton Foucault, Michel. Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. New York: Random House, 1965. Print. Freud, Sigmund. “Mourning and Melancholia”. Trans. James Strachey and Anna Freud. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Vol. XIV. London: Hogarth Press, 1917. GoogleBooks. Web. 1 February 2013. Frost, Robert. “To be a poet [ ... ]”. com. BookRags Media Network, 2013. Web. 12 June 2013. Galvez, et al.

Some artists experience inspiration as a fiery tumult with “cool headed” reason showing up late in the process. Composer Peter Tchaikovsky wrote to a colleague, that “[A] sense of bliss ... comes over me [when] a new idea awakens in me ... I forget everything and behave like a mad man. Everything within me starts pulsing and quivering ... ” Others describe inspiration as dipping in and out of a deep pool or the bubbling up of an underground spring. In The Name and Nature of Poetry, A. E. Housman details one of his daily walks: As I went along, thinking of nothing in particular, only looking at things around me and following the progress of the seasons, there would flow into my mind, with sudden and unaccountable emotion, sometimes a line or two of verse, sometimes a whole stanza at once, accompanied, not preceded, by a vague notion of the poem in which they were destined to form a part.

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