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Author Micale, Mark S., 1957-

Title Approaching hysteria : disease and its interpretations / Mark S. Micale.

Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1995]


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 UniM Bail  616.8524009 MICA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 327 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [295]-316) and index.
Contents Introduction: The New Hysteria Studies -- A Short "History" of Hysteria -- Ch. 1. The Major Interpretive Traditions. Intellectual Histories of Hysteria. Psychoanalytic Hysteria. Feminist Histories of Hysteria. Charcot and the History of Hysteria. Nonfeminist Social and Political Histories -- Ch. 2. Theorizing Disease Historiography. The Need for Definitional Clarity. Beyond the "Historical Hysterics" From Theory to Practice. Beyond the Freudian Historical Teleology. Toward Sociosomatic Synthesis. The "Doctor-Patient Relationship" The De-dramatization of Hysteria. The Question of Social Class. Hysteria - The Male Malady. On the Rise and Fall of Nervous Diseases -- Ch. 3. Cultures of Hysteria: Past and Present Traditions. Hysteria's Metaphorical Past. The Literary, Dramatic, and Visual Arts. Politics, History, Society -- Ch. 4. Cultures of Hysteria: Future Orientations. Conceptualizing Cultural Influence. Hysteria, Gender, Culture. Hysteria and Religion Reconsidered.
Conclusion: Remembering Hysteria.
Summary Few diseases have exercised the Western imagination as chronically as hysteria - from the wandering womb of ancient Greek medicine, to the demonically possessed witch of the Renaissance; from the "vaporous" salon women of Enlightenment Paris, through to the celebrated patients of Sigmund Freud, with their extravagant, erotically charged symptoms. In this fascinating and authoritative book, Mark Micale surveys encyclopedically the range of past and present readings of hysteria. Intellectual historians, historians of science and medicine, scholars in gender studies, art history, and literature, as well as psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and neurologists have all converged in the last decade on "the new hysteria studies". What does this burgeoning corpus of writing tell us? Why, in recent years, has the history of hysterical disorders carried such resonance for commentators in the sciences and humanities? What can we learn from the textual traditions of hysteria about writing the history of disease in general? What is the broader cultural meaning of the new hysteria studies? In the second half of the book, Micale discusses the many historical "cultures of hysteria". He reconstructs in detail the past usages of the hysteria concept as a powerful, descriptive trope in various nonmedical domains, including poetry, fiction, theater, social thought, political criticism, and the arts. His book is a pioneering attempt to write the historical phenomenology of disease in an age preoccupied with health, and a prescriptive remedy for writing histories of disease in the future.
Subject Hysteria -- History.
Hysteria -- Historiography.
ISBN 0691037175 (CL : alk. paper)