Affective Disorder and the Writing Life: The Melancholic Muse

  • Stephanie Stone Horton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. “Could It Be Madness, This?” Affective Difference and the Work of Composition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sharon O’Brien
      Pages 55-68
    3. Jeannie Parker Beard
      Pages 69-77
  3. “Their Lives a Storm Whereon They Ride”: Affective (Dis)order and the Literary Imagination

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 141-145

About this book


Affective Disorder and the Writing Life interrogates the mythos of the 'mad writer' through lived experience, literary analysis, writerly reflection and contemporary neuroscience. It explores how affective disorders colour, drive and sometimes silence the writing mind – and how affective difference has always informed the literary imagination.


Imagination poetics Virginia Woolf

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephanie Stone Horton
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgia State UniversityUSA

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