Madness and Literature. Around Jerzy Krzysztoń’s "Obłęd" Cover Image

Szaleństwo i literatura. Wokół "Obłędu" Jerzego Krzysztonia
Madness and Literature. Around Jerzy Krzysztoń’s "Obłęd"

Author(s): Jerzy Franczak
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Jerzy Krzysztoń; Obłęd'; Polish literature 20 c.; Michel Foucault; Madness and literature.

Summary/Abstract: This is an interpretation of Jerzy Krzysztoń’s novel Obłęd, usually read as an insight into the mind of a person suffering from mental problems, or as a record of the collective psyche of Polish society in the late 1970s. This Foucauldian interpretation focuses on narrative paradoxes and clichés, understood as signs of the abusive treatment of mad people in modernity. The author concludes that the medical discourse perpetuated in the novel prevents any dialogue between madness and reason.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 126-142
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish