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Mood Spectrum in Graham Greene


Author(s): Brian Edwards

Book Description

Mood Spectrum in Graham Greene examines the pathology of bipolar disorder through symptoms uniquely expressed in the writer’s novels. It explains and illustrates how mutated genes endow him with artistic genius, even as they engender a mental illness that too often results in a life barren of intimacy, and in an unquiet mind that can lead to psychosis and suicide if untreated. Critics have generally either ignored his illness in his novels or ascribed agency based on false psychological models, despite Greene often projecting his illness into character-constructs that share his condition and that provide the reader with a virtual case study of manic depression.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8253-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-8253-4
Date of Publication: 01/12/2015
Pages / Size: 210 / A5
Price: £47.99


Dr Brian Edwards has been a teacher and scholar for many years, focusing on modern literatures, writing, psychology, and theatre. In 2007, he enrolled in a doctoral program at Northern Illinois University. His writing and thinking helped him win a university-wide award in 2012 as one of the five best dissertation proposals among a group in multiple disciplines. Dr Edwards completed his dissertation in 2013, a study of the novelist Graham Greene, titled “It’s a Battlefield: Manic Depression in Graham Greene’s Novels,” a ground-breaking study that describes and explains how bipolar disorder in Greene’s novels reflects the connection between creativity and his mood-affected mental illness. During his graduate studies and following the completion of his PhD, Dr Edwards published articles and reviews in such journals as Style and Interdisciplinary Studies. He is currently crafting a proposal for a second monograph on Graham Greene: 1950–1969, which will demonstrate the progressive nature of manic depression.