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The Female Malady

Women, Madness and English Culture, 1830-1980

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The Female Malady by Elaine Showalter
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In this informative, timely and often harrowing study, Elaine Showalter demonstrates how cultural ideas about 'proper' feminine behaviour have shaped the definition and treatment of female insanity for 150 years, and given mental disorder in women specifically sexual connotations. Along with vivid portraits of the men who dominated psychiatry, and descriptions of the therapeutic practices that were used to bring women 'to their senses', she draws on diaries and narratives by inmates, and fiction from Mary Wollstonecraft to Doris Lessing, to supply a cultural perspective usually missing from studies of mental illness. Highly original and beautifully written, The Female Malady is a vital counter-interpretation of madness in women, showing how it is a consequence of, rather than a deviation from, the traditional female role.

Author Biography

Elaine Showalter was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1941. From 1967 to 1984 she taught English and Women's Studies at Rutgers University, and she now chairs the department of English at Princeton University.
Release date NZ
May 7th, 1987
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Integrated: 29
Imprint
Virago Press Ltd
Pages
320
Dimensions
155x199x22
ISBN-13
9780860688693
Product ID
1643384

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