The female malady: women, madness, and English culture, 1830-1980

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Pantheon Books, Dec 12, 1985 - Health & Fitness - 312 pages
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This incisive study explores how cultural ideas about proper feminine behavior have shaped the definition and treatment of madness in women as it traces trends in the psychiatric care of women in England from 1830-1980

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

User Review  - Donna - Goodreads

This was engaging and a very enjoyable read that certainly left me with food for thought. I read it in preparation for a class and I'm definitely going to be following up on this topic and likely ... Read full review

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

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

Contents

The Female Malady
1
John Conolly and Moral Management
23
The Rise of the Victorian Madwoman
51
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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