The Female Malady: Women, Madness and English Culture, 1830-1980

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  • ISBN: 0860688690
  • Author: Elaine Showalter
  • Publisher: Virago
  • Genre: Society, Politics & Philosophy
  • Date: 7 May 1987
  • Pages: 320
  • Language: English

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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 …