A Murderous Malady via Christine Trent

The Female Malady: Women, Madness, and English Culture, 1890-1980

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The Female Malady by Elaine Showalter

The Feminine Illness: Ladies, Insanity, and English Tradition, 1890-1980 by Elaine Showalter
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Overview: On this informative, well timed and sometimes harrowing examine, Elaine Showalter demonstrates how cultural concepts about ‘correct’ female behaviour have formed the definition and remedy of feminine madness for 150 years, and given psychological dysfunction in ladies particularly sexual connotations. Together with vivid portraits of the boys who dominated psychiatry, and descriptions of the therapeutic practices that had been used to convey ladies ‘to their senses’, she attracts on diaries and narratives by inmates, and fiction from Mary Wollstonecraft to Doris Lessing, to provide a cultural perspective often lacking from research of psychological sickness.
Style: Non-Fiction > Well being, Health & Medical

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