Warped Minds

Cinema and Psychopathology

Temenuga Trifonova

Warped Minds

Temenuga Trifonova

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

288 pages | 20 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $130.00 ISBN: 9789089646323 Published September 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Warped Minds explores the transformation of psychopathologies into cultural phenomena in the wake of the transition from an epistemological to an ontological approach to psychopathology. Trifonova considers several major points in this intellectual history: the development of a dynamic model of the self at the fin de siècle, the role of photography and film in the construction of psychopathology, the influence of psychoanalysis on the transition from static, universalizing psychiatric paradigms to dynamic styles of psychiatry foregrounding the socially constructed nature of madness, and the decline of psychoanalysis and the aestheticization of madness into a trope describing the conditions of knowledge in postmodernity as evidenced by the transformation of multiple personality and paranoia into cultural and aesthetic phenomena.


1. The Story of Attention: Toward a Dynamic Model of the Self

2. Photography and the Construction of Psychopathology at the Fin de Siècle

3. Cinema and Psychoanalysis

4. Multiple Personality and the Hollywood ‘Multiple’ Film

5. Paranoia and the Geopolitical Conspiracy Thriller





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