This is what my dissertation was trying to achieve…
The aim is to review how a psychotic dissociated voice is established in first-person fiction with reference to Lodge (2002), Felman (2003), Oyebode (2002, 2004), Bentall (2004), Clark (2009), Crawford & Baker (2009) and Geekie et al (2012), covering the development both of an understanding of psychosis in medicine and of psychotic characters in literature.
In order to understand how a psychotic dissociated voice is established, we need to first establish what psychosis is, and then understand the drive behind its creation within fiction – to understand the why as a foundation for understanding the how.
The findings are, firstly, that symptoms of psychosis can be divided into those of the mind, those of the self and those of speech. Each set of symptoms can be reviewed in turn to examine the importance of their inclusion in the creation of a fictional psychotic dissociated voice.
Secondly, they are that each psychotic character can have its own unique mix of these symptoms, with no requirement of a set ‘accepted’ pattern. However, the severity of such symptoms must be metred by a level of readability of the text.