Does madness accompany brilliance in iconic female writers: with specific focus on Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie and Sylvia Plath?

Monkcom, Ronni (2013) Does madness accompany brilliance in iconic female writers: with specific focus on Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie and Sylvia Plath? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

[img] PDF
Restricted to Registered users only

Download (115kB)

    Abstract

    This dissertation examines whether or not madness accompanies brilliance in iconic female writers; with specific focus on Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie and Sylvia Plath. All three were boundary breaking female writers of the 20th Century. However, Woolf and Plath both took their own lives despite their various literary successes and Christie performed a disappearing act just as her sixth book came into public acclaim. The question posed is simply why- what made these brilliant women fall so far?
    To do this, the dissertation deals with various works from all three writers, picking out key examples that are helpful as evidence for answering the question. Discussions and comparisons of certain plays against my own creative artefact allow the opportunity to present the creative process underwent, and discuss ideas used in regards to the parallels between madness and brilliance. The main focus throughout this essay is to portray in the clearest way possible how the three writers in question suffered madness due to their work.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2014 12:55
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:33
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14288

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads

    More statistics for this item...