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Our thanks to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding the Madness and Literature Network. Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. The range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. Further information on the AHRC is available on their website.

This project builds on a current project with The Leverhulme Trust on the representation of madness in post-war British and American Fiction. Membership to the Madness and Literature Network is free - Please register under ‘New User Registration’. Benefits of membership include the possibility of attending our invitation-only seminars, being kept fully informed of developments in the broad field of Health Humanities here at Nottingham, and the opportunity to submit fully peer-reviewed book reviews to our database, which will be accredited to the submitting reviewer.

Please note, you are welcome to use these resources and the website for teaching or other purposes, however please do drop us a line and let us know how you are finding the site, or any suggestions you may have for improvements. Paul Crawford. Thank you.

Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English (5th edition)

The 5th edition of the Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English is available for download (PDF)

1st International Health Humanities Conference: Madness and Literature was held at Nottingham 6th - 8th August 2010

1st International Health Humanities Conference: Madness and Literature was held at Nottingham 6th - 8th August 2010. See 'Seminars and Conference' for further details.

1st International Health Humanities Conference: Madness and Literature - Conference Programme

Revealing Read

Finding Jericho

By Dave Jeffrey


Dave Jeffrey, novelist and mental health worker, has created a fantastic text that is useful for adolescents who are either carers or service users themselves.  Narrated by Jon, recently bereaved and moved to a different part of the country with accompanying problems of being the ‘new kid’, who learns about the complexities of mental health problems first hand through the illness of his Uncle Ron.  Jon is bullied due to Ron’s illness – other children at the school talk of illness being catching, a common misconception.  The appearance of the manic Ron at the funeral of Jon’s stepfather captures the idiosyncrasies of Bipolar Affective Disorder wonderfully well – the combination of sadness, embarrassment and amusement that Jon feels as his ‘human peacock’ uncle invades the solemn affair with his own unique brand of manic eulogy and mourning is hilariously portrayed.  Of note, the publishers, chipmunkapublishing, specialise in texts created by and for service users and their website is worth a visit.

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MA in Health Communication
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Meeting the challenges of communication - The MA programme in Health Communication provides a unique opportunity to investigate language and communication in various health care contexts. The course gives students a thorough grounding in the concepts, theories and research methods used in this area.

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