Warped Minds

Cinema and Psychopathology

Temenuga Trifonova

Temenuga Trifonova

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

288 pages | 20 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $124.00 ISBN: 9789089646323 Will Publish November 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.
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