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  - Emily - Goodreads

A great introduction to the topic of female madness throughout medical and literary history from the point of view of women. Read full review

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User Review  - KE Page - Goodreads

Excellent history of how women have been viewed mad over the last 150 years. Informative and upsetting with sharp critiques of the various male psychiatrists whose theories controlled the world of mental illness. Read full review


John Conolly and Moral Management
The Rise of the Victorian Madwoman
Managing Women s Minds

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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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