By S. Stone Horton
Affective illness and the Writing existence interrogates the mythos of the 'mad author' via lived adventure, literary research, writerly mirrored image and modern neuroscience. It explores how affective problems color, force and infrequently silence the writing brain – and the way affective distinction has consistently proficient the literary mind's eye.
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For the ancients and many contemporary artists, a Muse can function as an inspiring guide or guardian when passing between the conscious and the unconscious, the personal and the universal, the literal and the envisioned, or the “given” and the discipline of “practice”. A Muse can also house and safeguard an artist’s deepest aspirations, longings, and fears while reinforcing his or her desire for relationship with an “other”. 1057/9781137381668 Muse Afire De Chavennes’ 60-foot mural, Le Muses inspiratrices acclamant le Genie messager de lumiere, was finished in time to be exhibited at the French Salon in 1895.
If the simulated emotion is compounded by present emotional stress in the writer’s current life – such as a fear of failing – the merging of the simulated and the real can be compelling. There is another kind of memory that artists sometimes refer to as “contextual” memory. Contextual memory is born from the amalgam of subtle cues and impressions that normally ride below conscious awareness. Writers visit the locations in which their stories are set and research topics that will never appear on the page in order to build the contextual memory that vivifies experience.
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Affective Disorder and the Writing Life: The Melancholic Muse by S. Stone Horton