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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.

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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

Dr Cipriano's Cell

By Jason Lee


Curious and odd novel exploring in parts the role of psychiatrist and notions of ‘what happens’ when psychiatric clinicians become unwell themselves.


The novel revolves around Dr Cipriano, a psychiatric registrar on a UK adult inpatient ward who, following the apparent suicide, or murder, of his criminal brother, slowly descends into a kind of madness replete with voice hearing (though this can be read as Dr Cipriano interpreting his own thoughts as voices) and levels of (understandable) paranoia around the nefarious individuals that his brother died in debt to. The novel is comical in parts, though it simultaneously contains elements that will be recognisably, but depressively, existent in current psychiatric practice. It is also partly a mystery novel, propelling the reader through the narrative at quite a pace. Notably, an array of psychiatric disorders are presented through the characters of doctor and patients alike. No one, in this novel, is immune from madness.  


Jason Lee’s novel reminded me of some of Will Self’s satires on psychiatry, and also contains echoes of postmodern novels, if not in its structure and style then certainly in its themes – the ward which Dr Cipriano is admitted to becomes a Big Brother Reality TV style unit where patients are voted off and psychiatric illness affords, for some of the patients, a strange kind of celebrity. In fact (see quotes below) the TV experiment works more effectively as a cure for some patients than decades within the psychiatric system, a wry testimony perhaps to our current age of Celebrity.  


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