The Female Malady: Women, Madness, and English Culture, 1830-1980

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Penguin Books, 1987 - History - 310 pages
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Review: The Female Malady: Women, Madness and English Culture 1830-1980

User Review  - Eileen Granfors - Goodreads

When I was writing my prequel to A Tale of Two Cities, I used this book, trying to understand how women of the past were judged as "mad" for expressing feelings. Thought the era (1830-1980) precedes that of "Sydney's Story," the ideas floated around as fact during the ages prior. Read full review

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User Review  - talkingtocactus - Goodreads

i had to read this for a presentation i did on the history of mental illness in my BA 3rd year history class. i loved it then, and i've read it since and still love it. i often recommend books i've ... Read full review

Contents

John Conolly and Moral Management
23
The Rise of the Victorian Madwoman
51
Managing Women s Minds
74
Copyright

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In 1977, Showalter published A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing. It was one of the most influential works in feminist criticism, as it sought to establish a distinctive tradition for women writers. In later essays, Showalter helped to develop a clearly articulated feminist theory with two major branches: the special study of works by women and the study of all literature from a feminist perspective. In all of her recent writing, Showalter has sought to illuminate a "cultural model of female writing," distinguishable from male models and theories. Her role as editor bringing together key contemporary feminist criticism has been extremely influential on modern literary study.

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