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Anxious Constructions: Depictions of Mental Illness in Popular Culture

Last week I talked about the value of exploring and explaining historical developments where ideas are not quite as powerful as is commonly assumed. Lest this make anyone nervous – this is the intellectual history blog after all, right? – this week I’ll balance it out a bit by looking at an arena where, it appears, ideas are not only very important, but their importance is also chronically underappreciated. For if we take the subject of intellectual history to be that which deals with the “ideational stuff,” then the history of mental illness, it turns out, is so rich a Read more