“Introduction” from William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Hearing the Voice is delighted to draw our readers’ attention to a collection of five articles on voice-hearing that has been published recently in The Lancet’s ‘Art of Medicine’ section.

Written by Hearing the Voice researchers, the articles in the series explore the ways in which insights from the humanities and social sciences can deepen and enrich scientific, clinical and public understandings of hearing voices.

Topics covered include the way in which voice-hearing is depicted and understood in the thought-worlds of the medieval era; the representation of heard voices in the work of William Blake, George Elliot and other writers; the role of external and internal voices in the construction of novelists’ fictional worlds; and the rise of the voice-hearer as an identity with a distinct and growing political power.

All five articles are all available to read freely online at the links below:

Charles Fernyhough, ‘Listening to the voices’, The Lancet, 28 November 2015

Corinne Saunders, ‘Hearing medieval voices’, The Lancet, 28 November 2015

Peter Garratt, ‘Voices and the imaginative ear’, The Lancet, 5 December 2015

Patricia Waugh, ‘The novelist as voice-hearer’, The Lancet, 5 December 2015

Angela Woods, ‘Voices, identity and meaning-making’, The Lancet, 12 December 2015

We hope you enjoy reading the articles in this collection. Please feel free to leave a comment – it would be fantastic to hear your thoughts.

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