Women and Madness: The Incarceration of Women in Nineteenth Century France Yannick Ripa

ISBN: 9780816619290

Published: January 1st 1991

Hardcover

175 pages


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Women and Madness: The Incarceration of Women in Nineteenth Century France  by  Yannick Ripa

Women and Madness: The Incarceration of Women in Nineteenth Century France by Yannick Ripa
January 1st 1991 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 175 pages | ISBN: 9780816619290 | 6.67 Mb

This book is a study of the history of female madness. Focusing on 19th century France, the author examines the conditions and consequences of the characterization of women as mad. Drawing on archives, medical literature and contemporary fiction,MoreThis book is a study of the history of female madness. Focusing on 19th century France, the author examines the conditions and consequences of the characterization of women as mad. Drawing on archives, medical literature and contemporary fiction, Ripa explores female madness from two sides - external observation and personal experience.

She examines the ways in which madwomen were described, both by novelists such as Balzac and Zola, and by the officials of the medical profession and the state. She discusses the growth of asylums during the 19th century and examines the bases upon which women were incarcerated. Finally, drawing on the diaries of inmates, she describes the daily regimes, ill-devised treatments and appalling conditions of the asylums.



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