Madness in Literature
Lillian Feder


To probe the literary representation of the alienated mind, Lillian Feder examines mad protagonists of literature and the work of writers for whom madness is a vehicle of self-revelation. Ranging from ancient Greek myth and tragedy to contemporary poetry, fiction, and drama, Professor Feder shows how literary interpretations of madness, as well as madness itself, reflect the very cultural assumptions, values, and prohibitions they challenge.

Lillian Feder is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Queens College and the Graduate School of The City University of New York. Her publications include Ancient Myth in Modern Poetry (Princeton).