Shattering Minds

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Ovaska, Anna
Shattering Minds. Experiences of Mental Illness in Modernist Finnish Literature
Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Studia Fennica: litteraria 13
Norderstedt 2023, 261 s.
Shattering Minds is the first broad study on representations of mental illness in modernist Finnish literature. Through four case studies, it shows how in modernist texts mental suffering is not understood as something that is "inside" a person's mind. Rather, experiences of illness are entangled with social and material environments, interactions with other people, and cultural norms and narratives that shape, for example, subjectivity, gender, and sexuality.

The study brings forth narrative strategies through which literary representations of shattering seek to affect their readers: What kinds of interpretive paths are invited in the texts? How are readers guided to go through embodied experiences of distress? How do the texts invite critical reflection on cultural and social perceptions of mental illnesses?
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ISBN 978-951-858-637-4
ISSN 0085-6835, 1458-5278
Förläggare Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Serier Studia Fennica: litteraria
Tryckt (år) 2023
Publikationens omslag Mjuk pärm
Bandtyp Häftad
Språk engelska
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