Arifa Akbar: We’ve come a long way since the ‘madwoman in the attic’: week in books – Reviews – Books – The Independent

For a long time, the mentally ill were dumb and mute in literature. Inarticulacy surrounded those lumped together as Bedlamites: Jane Eyre’s classic “madwoman” in the attic, for instance, served as little more than a plot device, a thing to fear and loathe that got in the way of a Gothic romance.

via Arifa Akbar: We’ve come a long way since the ‘madwoman in the attic’: week in books – Reviews – Books – The Independent.