- Schlesinger, Judith. 2002a. Issues in creativity and madness part one: ancient questions, modern answers. Ethical Human Sciences and Services 4 (1): 73-76.
- Schlesinger, Judith. 2002b. Issues in creativity and madness part two: eternal flames. Ethical Human Sciences and Services 4 (2): 139-142.
- Explain Plato’s ideas about creativity.
- What does Schlesinger say about the studies that seem to show a connection between mental ill health and creativity?
- What point does she make about Cole Porter?
- What is wrong with literary confession as a source of evidence?
- Explain the problems she raises in connection with bipolar disorder on p. 75.
- Is Schlesinger right that the mad genius hypothesis cannot accommodate hard work?
- What general explanation for the persistence of the mad genius myth does Schlesinger consider in this piece?
- Explain Schlesinger’s three main hypotheses: blunting intimidation, living too close to the edge, and envy begets hostility.
- Are these convincing? How might we assess them?