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The Hysteric
Outline of a Figure

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ISBN 9780367552015
March 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Examining historical, clinical and artistic material, in both written and visual form, this book traces the figure of the contemporary hysteric as she rebels against the impossible demands made upon her. 

Exploring five traits that commonly characterise the hysteric as an archetype – a specific body, mimetic abilities, a shroud of mystery, a propensity to disappear and a particular relationship to voice – the authors shed light on what it means to be hysterical, as a form of rebellion and resistance. 

This is important reading for scholars of sociology, gender studies, cultural studies and visual studies with interests in psychoanalysis, art and the characterisation of mental illness.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A History of Hysteria (repli) 

Interlude 1 

1. Body

2. Mimesis

3. Mystery

4. Disappearance 

5. Voice 

Interlude 2 

6. Rebellion and Persistence (envoi)

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Eleanor Bowen is a visual artist and Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London, UK.

Laura González is a performance artist and Professor and Athenaeum Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UK.