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Language, Lunacy, and the Literary Provocateur: Life Writing and Schizophrenia

By Claire Phillips

The night before picking up a copy of The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays, Esmé Weijun Wang’s essays on the subject of “the full psychotic spectrum” or what are called “the schizophrenias,” I anticipated its themes in a threatening dream related to my mother’s struggle with an illness that went undiagnosed for far too long.