Poetry Talks Back to Psychiatry: Poetic Retellings of Psychiatric Experience in Venezuela

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Manuel Llorens

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poetry, psychiatry, survivor literature

Abstract

The following paper explores three Venezuelan contemporary poets who wrote about their psychiatric experiences. Through their poems they “talk back” to a psychiatric language that medicalized their suffering and stripped their experiences of meaning. The parallels between their writings and psychiatric survivor literature are considered.

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