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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


GARCIA NIETO, Rebeca. Virginia Woolf: Clinical Case. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2004, n.92, pp.69-87. ISSN 2340-2733.

It is well-known that Virginia Woolf is considered as being one of the most important writers in the 20th century. In this work, some of the most eminent aspects of the writer´s life and literary work are analyzed briefly. After some brief comments on her biography, it is studied the relationship between her literary style and some of her well-known works with the symptoms of the manic-depressive psychosis which she suffered from. Throughout this work, her relationship with language is highlighted: her dependance on it and the insuffiency of language in the late period of her life. Finally, a quick revision of the main psychological theories concerning mania is made, especially giving relevance to the psychoanalytic approach and to the so-called "cognitive-behavioural theories of third generation", due to its studies of the relationship between language and mental illnesses.

Keywords : Virginia Woolf; language; manic-depressive; literature; psychology.

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