Medical Muses

Medical Muses

Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

By Asti Hustvedt

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.

About the Author
Asti Hustvedt received her PhD in French literature from New York University. She has worked as an editor and translator, and lives in New York City with her family.