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Title Hysteria beyond Freud / Sander L. Gilman ... [and others].

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1993]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  616.8524009 HYST    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxiv, 478 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: The Destinies of Hysteria -- Pt. I. Historical. 1. Once upon a Text: Hysteria from Hippocrates / Helen King. 2. "A Strange Pathology": Hysteria in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 / G. S. Rousseau -- Pt. II. Thematic. 3. The Body and the Mind, the Doctor and the Patient: Negotiating Hysteria / Roy Porter. 4. Hysteria, Feminism, and Gender / Elaine Showalter. 5. The Image of the Hysteric / Sander L. Gilman.
Summary "She's hysterical." For centuries, the term "hysteria" has been used by physicians and laymen alike to diagnose and dismiss the extreme emotionality and mysterious physical disorders presumed to bedevil others--especially women. How has this medical concept assumed its power? What cultural purposes does it serve? Why do different centuries and different circumstances produce different kinds of hysteria?
These are among the questions pursued in this absorbing, erudite reevaluation of the history of hysteria. The widely respected authors draw upon the insights of the new social and cultural history, rather than Freudian psychoanalysis, to examine the ways in which hysteria has been conceived by doctors and patients, writers and artists, in Europe and North America, from antiquity to the early years of the twentieth century. In so doing, they show that a history of hysteria is a history of how we understand the mind.
Other author Gilman, Sander L.
Subject Hysteria -- History.
Hysteria -- Social aspects -- History.
ISBN 0520080645 (alk. paper)