Start Date

1-5-2019 10:30 AM

End Date

1-5-2019 11:45 AM

Disciplines

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Social History

Subjects

Mental illness in literature, Mentally ill in literature, Literature and mental illness -- England -- History -- 16th century, Literature and mental illness -- England -- History -- 17th century

Abstract

Since the ancient times of Israel, Greece, and Rome, people with mental illnesses have been regarded as different from others in society. This paper aims to analyze the motives of authors of medical and dramatic texts of Elizabethan and Jacobean literature in regards to mental illness by specifically observing William Shakespeare’s King Lear and Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. This paper also considers the views of other scholars of the field to compose a complete insight on Shakespeare and Burton’s goals in depicting mental illness and finally advocates further research and understanding to positively contribute towards disability reform today.

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May 1st, 10:30 AM May 1st, 11:45 AM

Depiction and Function of Madness in Elizabethan and Jacobean Literature

Since the ancient times of Israel, Greece, and Rome, people with mental illnesses have been regarded as different from others in society. This paper aims to analyze the motives of authors of medical and dramatic texts of Elizabethan and Jacobean literature in regards to mental illness by specifically observing William Shakespeare’s King Lear and Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. This paper also considers the views of other scholars of the field to compose a complete insight on Shakespeare and Burton’s goals in depicting mental illness and finally advocates further research and understanding to positively contribute towards disability reform today.