By Kieran McNally
Schizophrenia was once twentieth century psychiatry's arch suggestion of insanity. but for many of that century it was once either complicated and contentious. This heritage explores schizophrenia's ancient instability through subject matters equivalent to indicators, definition, category and anti-psychiatry. In doing so, it opens up new methods of figuring out twentieth century madness.
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Additional resources for A Critical History of Schizophrenia
22). Claude and Levy-Valensi would attempt to find schizophrenia in Balzac’s Comédie Humaine (Lewis, 1936). G. Crookshank (1930) would cast Don Quixote as a ‘flat schizoid’. And Paul C. Squires, in the Psychoanalytic Review, would see Fyodor Dostoevsky’s fictional murderer Raskolnikov as schizophrenic. He argued that the name Raskolnikov was in itself of the greatest psychological significance. For Squires (1937) it meant a dissenter, split off, in a state of schism, schizophrenic. Similarly, Aldo Calanca (1974) would query Sartre’s Antoine Roquentin (Nausea) as a case of simple schizophrenia.
502). Hoch himself (who in 1912 reviewed Bleuler’s work in the Psychological Bulletin) thought the term uncouth when he first heard it. However, he noted that it was remarkable what one could get used to (Hoch, 1912; Southard and Noll, 2007). 28 A Critical History of Schizophrenia Finally, as noted, Hall also explicitly stated that the ‘Jekyll–Hyde personality’ is one type of schizophrenia. As such, in addition to the idea of a ‘split soul’ Hall introduces the idea of schizophrenia as ‘Jekyll and Hyde’.
It was a disease ‘characterized by a specific type of alteration of thinking, feeling, and relation to the external world’ (Bleuler, 1911/1950, p. 9). Bleuler further adds to his definition: ‘In every case we are confronted with a more or less clear-cut splitting of the psychic functions’ (ibid). Now, as modern texts sometimes emphasise, there is a clear difference between the splitting of the psychic functions and the splitting of the personality. Investigating the chapters on accessory symptoms, however, the idea of more than one personality existing within an individual is clearly marked by its author.