Beyond ‘Harmless Lunacy’

African women writers (w)riting madness

Authored by: Pamela J. Olubunmi Smith

Routledge Handbook of Minority Discourses in African Literature

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367368340
eBook ISBN: 9780429354229
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429354229-28

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Abstract

What do they know about madness? What if mad people weren’t mad? What if certain types of behaviour which simple, ordinary people call madness, were just wisdom, a reflection of the clearsighted hypersensitivity of a pure, upright soul plunged into a real or imaginary affective void?

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