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

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Penguin Books, 1987 - History - 310 pages
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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The female malady: women, madness, and English culture, 1830-1980

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Showalter, well known for her feminist studies of literature, here turns her attention to the history of psychiatry. Approaches to treatment have ranged from kindly paternalism to repressive ... Read full review

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This one is a challenge to track down, but worth the effort. It was nice to read an academic book-- it's been awhile. The book discussese women and madness in British culture, and it makes me want to ... Read full review


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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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