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Self-Consciousness and Schizophrenia: the Literary World of Nuria Amat / Lloyd Davies

New Readings, Volume: 13, Pages: 74 - 92

Swansea University Author: Lloyd Davies

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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,...

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Published in: New Readings
ISSN: 13597485
Published: 2013
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa14567
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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 emphasizing the feminist aspects of Amat’s work and noting the extent of her 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).
Keywords: Contagion; death; intertextuality; madness; schizophrenia; suicide; self-consciousness in literature; plagiarism; originality; Kafka; Joyce; Borges.
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 74
End Page: 92