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Research Project

Outsider Writing

Project Team:

2016 – 2019

Adolf Wölfli, from Geographic and Algebraic Books, 1912—1916.

Project Summary

This group examined extraordinary examples of writing done by authors deemed mentally ill as a way of exploring the relationship between written forms of expression and larger social norms.

Research Team

Matt Ffytche

Matt Ffytche

Professor, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

University of Essex

Matt ffytche is internationally recognized as one of the foremost historians of twentieth-century psychoanalysis. He is the editor of the journal Psychoanalysis and History, with a special interest in the influence of psychoanalysis on social and political thought. Previously he made an...

John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson

Professor of English; Director of the Program in Creative Writing; Chair of the Divisional Committee on Poetics

University of Chicago

John Wilkinson is a poet and student of poetics who joined the English department in 2010. He serves as Director of the Program in Creative Writing and Chair of the Divisional Committee on Poetics.

His first collection of poetry, Useful Reforms, was published in 1976. Recent...

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