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Revista Polis e Psique

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CORREA-URQUIZA, Martin. What if we were Jacques Rivière?. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2018, vol.8, n.1, pp. 164-172. ISSN 2238-152X.

We posit in this article that the epistolary relationship between Antonin Artaud and his publisher, Jacques Rivière, suggests the possibility of another way of relating to so-called madness. It proposes a view that enables a halt to the ceaseless pathologization of social identities in the field of mental health. For Rivière, Artaud was a poet rather than a madman, a writer rather than a subject of madness, and with that outlook he challenges him and attends to him. The publisher emerges as a gentle provocateur, a literary Hippocrates, an instigator of new contexts of possibilities for Artaud’s creative flow. And it is precisely this ministered attention to flow which would later allow the poet to effectuate a certain recovery. The article is a brief theoretical essay which seeks to propose the possibilities of exploring other ways of linking with and relating to the question of psychic suffering and mental health.

Keywords : Madness; Artaud; Depathologisation; Identity; Mental Health.

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