Vintage Books

Committed: On Meaning and Madwomen

$19.00

Vintage Books

Committed: On Meaning and Madwomen

$19.00
  • Description

NOT YET AVAILABLE. Pre-order now. This title is scheduled to arrive April 16, 2024.
Note: release dates and prices are tentative. When pre-ordering with multiple items, remember your order will not ship until the last pre-ordered item is in stock. If you want items to ship separately, place separate orders.

A raw and masterful memoir about becoming a woman and going mad—and doing both at once.
 
When Suzanne Scanlon was a student at Barnard in the 90s, grieving the loss of her mother—feeling untethered and swimming through inarticulable pain—she made a suicide attempt that landed her in the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
 
After nearly three years and countless experimental treatments, Suzanne left the ward on shaky legs. In the decades it took her to recover from the experience, Suzanne came to understand her suffering as part of something larger: a long tradition of women whose complicated and compromised stories of self-actualization are reduced to “crazy chick” and “madwoman” narratives. It was a thrilling discovery, and she searched for more books, more woman writers, as the journey of her life converged with her journey through the literature that shaped her.
 
Transporting, honest, and graceful, Committed is a story of discovery and recovery, reclaiming the idea of the madwoman as a template for insight and transcendence through the works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Janet Frame, Audre Lorde, Shulamith Firestone, and others.

Author: Suzanne Scanlon
Publisher: Vintage
Page Count: 368pp
Size: 5.25 x 8
Notes: paperback
Date of Publication: April 16, 2024
ISBN: 978-0593469101