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  - Caroline - Goodreads

By Victorian standards almost every modern woman would have been considered insane. That's a sobering thought, and this is a sobering read. There are many books out there on the history of mental ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brenda Clough - Goodreads

A stellar analysis of women's issues in a time when it was easier to just decide that she was crazy, rather than giving her any rights. I read this, and I know I will never, ever vote for Mike ... 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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