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Self-Consciousness and Schizophrenia: The Literary World of Nuria Amat

David, Lloyd Hughes 2013. Self-Consciousness and Schizophrenia: The Literary World of Nuria Amat. New Readings 13 , pp. 74-92. 10.18573/newreadings.93

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Abstract

This article explores varieties of self-consciousness in a range of texts by the Catalan writer, Nuria Amat (1950 - ). Her relentless pursuit of interrelated themes concerning reading, writing and collecting books leads to the exploration of literary passions and mental pathologies, notably madness, as well as to literary associations with suicide and death. Amat’s references to the work of international literary figures such as Kafka, Joyce and Borges and her interest in the relevance of such concepts as originality and plagiarism in the literary domain, suggest the blurring of boundaries between creative writing and criticism which reflects the practice of several contemporary, especially Latin American, writers. The essay concludes by noting the extent of Amat’s personal involvement in the vortex of literary activities she describes, a process which approximates her style to what Felman terms a language of madness (as distinct from a language about madness).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 1359-7485
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 January 2020
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 14:35
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/128898

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