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Antonia White and Manic-Depressive Illness

Patricia Moran


Misdiagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia instead of what was bipolar or manic-depressive illness, Antonia White turned repeatedly to psychoanalysis and Catholicism to resolve the emotional conflicts that she believed were the cause of her tumultuous moods, her inexplicable behaviour and her writer’s block. This study rereads White’s writing within the context of manic-depressive illness to show how the misdiagnosis of her illness shaped the identity narratives White constructed in her life-writing and then used as the basis of her strongly autobiographical fiction. White’s self-narratives ... More

Keywords: Antonia White, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Manic-Depressive Illness, Psychoanalysis, Catholicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474418218
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418218.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Moran, author