Academic journal article Romanian Journal of Artistic Creativity

Elena Ciobanu Bogdan C.S. Pirvu, Sylvia Plath: Arta De a Muri

Academic journal article Romanian Journal of Artistic Creativity

Elena Ciobanu Bogdan C.S. Pirvu, Sylvia Plath: Arta De a Muri

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Elena Ciobanu Bogdan C.S. Pirvu, Sylvia Plath: Arta de a muri (Iasi: Institutul European. 2018)

As suggested by its title as well as the biopsycholiterary discourse that ends up setting the psychiatric diagnosis of bipolar II disorder upon a borderline personality disorder, the volume Sylvia Plath: Arta de a muri (Sylvia Plath: The art of dying) presents the image of a poet whose life, and work were turn off by this debilitating illness. The two "fields" are conveniently explored by the two authors, a literature professor (Elena Ciobanu) and a psychiatrist (Bogdan C.S. Pirvu).

The first two chapters highlight story of Sylvia Plath's bipolarity. Chapter I, Luna, nici ca-ipasa! (The moon, she won't care!), focuses mainly on her depressive symptoms (despair, insomnia, apathy, cognitive impairment, sinusoidal appetite, torturing macabre thoughts, suicide attempts) while Chapter II, Si soarele rasare ... (The sun also rises ...), emphasizes her hypomaniacal behavior in terms of excitability, compulsive verbosity, exaggerated self-evaluation, burnout syndrome, altered perception, hyperacusis, recklessness). …

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