The Hysterical Alphabet: Wherein We Chart the Course of that Curious Malady of the Womb Or Hysterus Known as Hysteria, Beginning with the Letter A in Ancient Egypt, with the Actual Kinds, Causes, Symptoms, Prognostics, and Several Cures Thereof
WhiteWalls, 2008 - Art - 79 pages
Hysteria has an under-recognized (and under-appreciated!) four-thousand-year history that deeply inflects our contemporary ideas about women and illness. The ancient Greek myth of the traveling uterus, shrieking Clytemnestra, Freud’s Dora, the French-Victorian electromechanical vibrator, the films of John Waters—one doesn’t have to look far to see the manifestation of female hysteria as a cultural symptom. Terri Kapsalis’s The Hysterical Alphabet is an abecedary offering condensed history of hysteria with levity, playfulness, and critical insight. Drawn from medical writings and images ranging from ancient Egypt to the present, each letter introduces an episode direct from the annals of medical lore. The Hysterical Alphabet tracks centuries of female malady, heartily disproving the theory that time heals all wombs.
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