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Author Caramagno, Thomas C.
Title The flight of the mind : Virginia Woolf's art and manic-depressive illness / Thomas C. Caramagno.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992.

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Author Caramagno, Thomas C.
Subject Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 -- Health.
Novelists, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
Manic-depressive persons -- England -- Biography.
Literature and mental illness.
Affective Disorders, Psychotic.
Mood Disorders.
Mental Disorders.
Psychiatry and Psychology
Bipolar Disorder.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 362 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-347) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents I owned to great egotism the neurotic model in Woolf criticism -- Never was anyone so tossed up & down by the body as I am The sympotom of manic-depression illness -- But what is the meaning of explained it countertransference and modernism -- In casting accounts, never forget to begin with the state of the body genetics and the Stephen family line -- How completely he satisfied her is proved by the collapse emblematic events in family history -- How immense must be the force of life the art of autobiography and Woolf's bipolar theory of being -- A novel devoted to influenza reading without resolution in the voyage out -- Does anybody know Mr. Flanders? Bipolar cognition and syncretistic vision in Jacob's Room -- The sane & insane, side by side the object-relation of self-management in Mrs. Dalloway -- It is finished ambivalence resolved, self restored in To the Light house -- I do not know altogether who I am the plurality of intrasubjective life in the Waves.
Summary The author contends psychobiography has much to gain from a closer engagement with science. Literary studies of Woolf's life have been written almost exclusively from a psychoanalytic perspective. They portray Woolf as a victim of the Freudian "family romance," reducing her art to a neurotic evasion of a traumatic childhood. But current knowledge about manic-depressive illness--its genetic transmission, its biochemistry, and its effect on brain function--reveals a new relationship between Woolf's art and her illness. Caramagno demonstrates how Woolf used her illness intelligently and creatively in her theories of fiction, of mental functioning, and of self structure. Her novels dramatize her struggle to imagine and master psychic fragmentation. They helped her restore form and value to her own sense of self and lead her readers to an enriched appreciation of the complexity of human consciousness.
Note English.
ISBN 9780520935129 (electronic bk.)
0520935128 (electronic bk.)
0585249482 (electronic bk.)
9780585249483 (electronic bk.)
0520072804 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780520072800 (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 99946912597
OCLC # 45733584
Additional Format Print version: Caramagno, Thomas C. Flight of the mind. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992 0520072804 (DLC) 91038836 (OCoLC)24671231
Table of Contents
 List of Figures and Illustrations 
1"I Owned to Great Egotism" : The Neurotic Model in Woolf Criticism6
2"Never Was Anyone So Tossed Up and Down by the Body As I Am": The Symptoms of Manic-Depressive Illness33
3"But What Is the Meaning of 'Explained' It? Countertransference and Modernism75
4"In Casting Accounts, Never Forget to Begin with the State of the Body": Genetics and the Stephen Family Line97
5"How Completely He Satisfied Her Is Proved by the Collapse": Emblematic Events in Family History114
6"How Immense Must Be the Force of Life": The Art of Autobiography and Woolf's Bipolar Theory of Being134
7"A Novel Devoted to Influenza": Reading without Resolution in The Voyage Out156
8"Does Anybody Know Mr. Flanders?" Bipolar Cognition and Syncretistic Vision in Jacob's Room185
9"The Sane and the Insane, Side by Side": The Object-Relations of Self-Management in Mrs. Dalloway210
10"It Is Finished": Ambivalence Resolved, Self Restored in To the Lighthouse244
11"I Do Not Know Altogether Who I Am": The Plurality of Intrasubjective Life in The Waves270
 Epilogue: Science and Subjectivity296
 Afterword, Kay Redfield Jamison303
 Appendix: Virginia Woolf's Mood Swing Chart (1895-1941)307
 Works Cited335

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