Ranne Hovius

Ranne Hovius is a psychologist and freelance journalist for publications including de Volkskrant. She is the author of In Darwin’s Words (2009), written with Chris Buskes and Griet Vandermassen.

The Loneliness of Insanity

The Loneliness of Insanity

Two hundred years of psychiatry in novels and stories

(Nieuwezijds, 2013, 319 pages)

The idea behind The Loneliness of Insan­ity is so simple and obvious that it seems surprising it has not been tackled before. By comparing scientific studies about insanity with literary descriptions of deranged souls, psychologist and jour­nalist Ranne Hovius demonstrates that writers and psychiatrists ask exactly the same questions, however much their aims may differ.

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