1st Edition

The Hysteric Outline of a Figure

By Eleanor Bowen, Laura González Copyright 2023
    194 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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)


    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.