Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris
W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393025606, 384pp.
Publication Date: May 23, 2011
But who were Blanche, Augustine, and Genevieve? What role did they play in their own peculiar form of stardom? And what exactly were they suffering from? Hysteria with its dramatic seizures, hallucinations, and reenactments of past traumas may be an illness of the past, but the notions of femininity that lie behind it offer insights into disorders of the present.