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    DescriptionIn this classic of French cultural studies, Georges Didi-Huberman traces the intimate and reciprocal relationship between the disciplines of psychiatry and photography in the late nineteenth century. Focusing on the immense photographic output of the Salpetriere hospital, the notorious Parisian asylum for insane and incurable women, Didi-Huberman shows the crucial role played by photography in the invention of the category of hysteria. Under the direction of the medical teacher and clinician Jean-Martin Charcot, the inmates of Salpetriere identified as hysterics were methodically photographed, providing skeptical colleagues with visual proof of hysteria's specific form. These images, many of which appear in this book, provided the materials for the multivolume album Iconographie photographique de la Salpetriere.As Didi-Huberman shows, these photographs were far from simply objective documentation. The subjects were required to portray their hysterical "type"--they performed their own hysteria. Bribed by the special status they enjoyed in the purgatory of experimentation and threatened with transfer back to the inferno of the incurables, the women patiently posed for the photographs and submitted to presentations of hysterical attacks before the crowds that gathered for Charcot's "Tuesday Lectures."Charcot did not stop at voyeuristic observation. Through techniques such as hypnosis, electroshock therapy, and genital manipulation, he instigated the hysterical symptoms in his patients, eventually giving rise to hatred and resistance on their part. Didi-Huberman follows this path from complicity to antipathy in one of Charcot's favorite "cases," that of Augustine, whose image crops up again and again in the Iconographie. Augustine's virtuosic performance of hysteria ultimately became one of self-sacrifice, seen in pictures of ecstasy, crucifixion, and silent cries.


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    Title
    Invention of Hysteria
    Subtitle
    Charcot and the Photographic Iconography of the Salpetriere
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Georges Didi-Huberman, Translated by Alisa Hartz
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 385
    Width: 183 mm
    Height: 259 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 1,025 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262042154
    ISBN 10: 0262042150
    Classifications

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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.6
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15870
    BIC subject category V2: JH
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE, CHRN/LATE18
    B&T General Subject: 670
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000
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    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    B&T Approval Code: A67260000
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    B&T Approval Code: A12254032
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    LC classification: RC532 .D5313 2003
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    Illustrations note
    107 illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    05 August 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Georges Didi-Huberman teaches at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris. He is a winner of the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art given by the College Art Association.
    Review quote
    "... a significant examination of an often blurred landscape between pain and performance..." Allan Graubard Leonardo Reviews "This poetic account of the relationship between photography and madness will interest any student of art or mental health." Publishers Weekly Forecasts "...a significant examination of an often blurred landscape between pain and performance." Allan Graubard Leonardo Reviews