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Madness in Fairy Land: (Re)Imagining Deviance in the Age of Psychiatry, 1820-1900

Project description

Fairy tales in reimagining deviance

Gender and sexuality have emerged as leading topics in today’s cultural and scientific debates across Europe and North America. In the 19th century, early psychiatry formed sharp divisions between ‘normal/abnormal’, ‘moral/deviant’ behaviour and mental illness. This influenced literature, which in turn, has challenged their patriarchal narration, strict standards and reinterpreted the codification of insanity in psychiatry. Many fairy tales from France, Britain and the US outline this process. Building on that, the EU funded MadLand project will conduct ground-breaking, interdisciplinary, transnational, trans-linguistic studies investigating the mutual knowledge-exchange between psychiatry and literature in interpreting and reimagining deviance through a comparative textual analysis of discourse on mental illness and fairy-tales.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Net EU contribution
€ 269 002,56
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

BROWN UNIVERSITY
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
164 Angell Street
02912 Providence, Ri
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 177 265,92