Dostoyevsky's Stalker and Other Essays on Psychopathology and the Arts

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University Press of America, Apr 13, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 260 pages
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In Dostoyevsky's Stalker, we discover how the arts may illuminate psychiatry and psychoanalysis, as well as how these disciplines may elucidate works of literature, art, and cinema. Examining a diversity of authors, artists, historical figures, and psychopaths over the course of modern history, this groundbreaking collection of essays proposes a paradigm shift in psychiatry, based on the idea that some symptoms of mental illness may have constructive uses and may be used by the sufferer for mental and spiritual growth instead of going untreated or else being 'analyzed away.'
 

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Contents

Part I VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF SHAME
1
Chapter 01 Shame the Asif Personality and the Search for Identity
3
Imitative PseudoRelationships
7
The Human Chameleon
14
Better a Fake Somebody than a Real Nobody
16
Frank Abagnales Catch Me If You Can and James Thurbers The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
20
Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Thoreau Jr
24
Chapter 07 Fyodor Dostoyevskys Underground Man and the Psychogenesis of Stalking
29
Sleepwalker in a Mental Jail
89
Frederick Law Olmsteds Childhood Traumas and the Birth of Psychoarchitecture
97
Through Suffering Comes Redemption
102
A Reallife Ivan and Makar
106
Sensory Awareness in Nature
112
Crisis Preparation and a Deliberative Moment
119
Part III HALLUCINATIONS AND ILLUSIONS
129
The Creative Use of Alternate States of Consciousness
131

Chapter 08 The Case of the Quadriplegic Cyberstalker
34
A Murderous Phoenix
39
Chapter 10 The Unabomber the Underground Man and Asperger Syndrome
44
Laughter that Killed
48
The Casedin Man Syndrome
53
Chapter 13 Homophobic Dysphoria in Annie Proulxs Brokeback Mountain
60
Chapter 14 A ShameInducing Epiphany in James Joyces The Dead
64
A Womanizer Learns to Love
70
Inner and Outer Courts of Inquiry
74
An EgoAbsolving Gloss
78
Revenge a Dish Best Savored Cold
81
Part II POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
85
The Many Facets of PTSD
87
Chapter 27 Joseph Conrads The Secret Sharer and Autoscopic Illusion
132
Chapter 28 Friedrich August KekulÚs Apparition of a Snake and the Structure of the Benzene Ring
136
An Imaginary Mountain a Symbolic Tombstone
141
Dostoyevskys Ivan Karamazov and Freuds Bavarian Artist
145
Chapter 31 The Three Phantoms of Herman Melvilles Moby Dick
152
Part IV MOOD IMAGERY IN LITERATURE
163
Icarus Daedalus and Bipolar Disorder
165
Chapter 33 ManicDepressive Mood Swings in Albert Camus The Fall
167
Chapter 34 Bipolar Imagery in Henry David Thoreaus Journal
175
Bibliography
189
Index
195
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Michael Sperber, M.D., is the author of Henry David Thoreau: Cycles and Psyche and the co-editor (with Lissy F. Jarvik, M.D., Ph.D.) of Psychiatry and Genetics: Psychosocial, Ethical and Legal Considerations. Dr. Sperber trained in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he taught for many years. He has also taught in the honors program, Department of Social Relations, Harvard College, and is currently psychiatric consultant to the Neuropsychiatry / Behavioral Neurology Service at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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