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"Whether one agrees with the central thesis and claims made or not, I am persuaded that this is a work of exceptional originality. I am not aware of any text which has undertaken such an ambitious undertaking using some of the most challenging and controversial commentators to theorise and elucidate the experience of schizophrenia. For this reason alone, the text deserves to be discussed and debated with rigour so that the implications of the author’s claims and its originality may be fully and critically appreciated."
- Rampaul Chamba,
''This book is a stimulating and thought-provoking analysis of the concept of schizophrenia. In contrast to the limitations of an exclusively medical approach to this hypothesised illness, Burke provides an interdisciplinary analysis of ‘this way of being in the world’, drawing on an insightful reading of relevant studies in philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary theory and cultural studies. This interdisciplinary approach towards an understanding of schizophrenia suggests a more holistic examination of the human subject than that promoted by a narrower disease model. This study raises important questions regarding our understanding of the self, our relationship with the other, and our complex and often traumatic struggle with the phenomenon of language. It also addresses the limitations of such understanding.''
– Dr. Kathleen O’Dwyer
''Essentially, this study locates schizophrenic experience as linguistic and in this perspective it makes the point that language is very much about the relationship between self and other, and it goes on to probe different aspects of how self and other are created through language. Seeing schizophrenia as a heightened awareness of language, the study goes on to locate it as a way of representing the trauma that can be experienced by the human subject as it enters the symbolic order of language, culture and law. This is an interesting and transformational approach, and the book makes its case through a critique of a number of thinkers across a number of different genres and fields of expertise. It is through this entrance into the symbolic order that our notions of self and other are created, and schizophrenia is seen here as another way, a heightened way, of enacting this process.''
– Dr. Eugene O’Brien, Mary Immaculate College