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By S. Stone Horton

ISBN-10: 1137373490

ISBN-13: 9781137373496

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ISBN-13: 9781137381668

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Affective illness and the Writing lifestyles interrogates the mythos of the 'mad author' via lived event, literary research, writerly mirrored image and modern neuroscience. It explores how affective problems color, force and infrequently silence the writing brain – and the way affective distinction has continually knowledgeable the literary mind's eye.

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The Bassarai, known for frenzied ecstasies that frequently erupt into violence, tear Orpheus to pieces and scatter his limbs. The Muses are griefstricken. Although immortal, they cannot breathe life into dead mortals. Orpheus’ lyre is placed in the night sky, and the Muses gather up the pieces of Orpheus and bury them together while composing a lament. But Orpheus’ lyre cannot play itself; art requires a mortal. Part of my journey has been learning to see vivid images and dark despair as my body’s inarticulate attempt to help me, rather than as a terrible unchosen affliction.

This may or may not be the case in a literal sense; but it does need to be always the case as a matter of spiritual or moral survival. It may lie not so much in being rescued as in having learned what constitutes one’s own danger, and one’s own salvation. The suicidal impulse is, in part, a desire to control your destiny when the conscious mind says you can’t tolerate any more, but your body continues to breathe and feel and beat. 1057/9781137381668 Muse Afire  much else in their lives. “I could see day after day glaring ahead of me like a white, broad infinitely desolate avenue”, wrote Sylvia Plath in her thinly disguised autobiography, The Bell Jar.

US National Library of Medicine. Web. 21 January 2013. Nietzsche, Friedrich. Thus Spake Zarathustra. Google e-book. Algora Publishing, 2003. 29. Oates, Joyce Carol. “The Death Throes of Romanticism: The Poetry of Sylvia Plath”. In The Southern Review, 1973. com. p. Web. 12 June 2012. 1057/9781137381668  Stephanie Stone Horton Plato. Phaedrus. Trans. Benjamin Jowett. The Internet Classics Archive. Web. 20 June 2013. ——. The Republic. Trans. Benjamin Jowett. The Internet Classics Archive. Web. 20 June 2013.

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