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Saving Sylvia: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Genius, Gender, and Madness

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An interdisciplinary exploration of the links between "genius" and "madness," madness and gender, and gender and genius offers several perspectives of the Sylvia Plath effect. Despite the historical trends related to this issue, there are lessons to be learned and help to be offered to future female poets so that they are able to thrive in their profession as well as in their personal lives. Therefore, philosophical, medical, and literary perspectives are reframed here as potential solutions and suggestions, enabling the mentors of postgraduate/professional female poets to encourage the stability and eminence of those under their tutelage by mitigating the effects of mental illness and increasing sustainable creativity.

Keywords

interdisciplinary, poetry, psychology, philosophy

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

College

Arts and Humanities

First Faculty Advisor's Name

Candace Black

First Faculty Advisor's Department

English

First Faculty Advisor's College

Arts and Humanities

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Saving Sylvia: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Genius, Gender, and Madness

An interdisciplinary exploration of the links between "genius" and "madness," madness and gender, and gender and genius offers several perspectives of the Sylvia Plath effect. Despite the historical trends related to this issue, there are lessons to be learned and help to be offered to future female poets so that they are able to thrive in their profession as well as in their personal lives. Therefore, philosophical, medical, and literary perspectives are reframed here as potential solutions and suggestions, enabling the mentors of postgraduate/professional female poets to encourage the stability and eminence of those under their tutelage by mitigating the effects of mental illness and increasing sustainable creativity.