The theoretical support for this proposal is the Invention of Hysteria by Georges Didi-Huberman, who, approaching categories of literary and cultural theory. Georges Didi-Huberman’s The Invention of Hysteria is a fascinating historiography of the intersection of medicine, photography, and empiricism during. Didi-Huberman, G. (). Invention of hysteria: Charcot and the photographic iconography of the Salpêtrière (A. Hartz, Trans.). Cambridge, MA, US: MIT Press.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The first English-language publication of a classic French book on the relationship between the development of photography and of the medical category of hysteria.
In 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 first Didi-hubdrman publication of a classic French book on the relationship between the development of photography and of the medical category of hysteria. 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 incention 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 hyateria 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.
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 inventipn 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. Paperbackpages. Published September 17th by Mit Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Invention of Hysteriaplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Invention of Hysteria. Lists with This Book. Jun 04, Tom Schulte rated it really liked it Shelves: I wad drawn this fascinated by the fact that “hysteria” shares an etymology with “hysterectomy”.
The hysteric is under control of the disordered womb. Freud put Charcot, the conductor of this symphony didi-hubegman female mistreatment, on a pedestal, making pilgrimages for education, cocaine, and autops it amazes me to think that just a century and a quarter ago in France this was the cutting edge of medical science: Freud put Charcot, the conductor of this symphony of female mistreatment, on a pedestal, making pilgrimages for education, cocaine, and autopsies.
This is a translation of a work originally in French and it feels as if the poetry and metaphor from the original is at times awkward and difficult in translation. While the on site photographic studio captured psychic aurae and seizures for sexualized description, Charcot’s lectures featured dramatic demonstrations of triggered throes and coercion under hypnosis.
The detailed story of one unfortunate inmate is that of Augustin, sexual victim turned star performer for special freedoms, really tells the whole story of women locked away and then subsumed into kaleidoscope of proto-psychiatric patriarchal fantasy. Jan 26, Triecia Gibney rated it liked it. Didi-buberman could have been a brilliant read about the uneasy marriage between art, science and medicine.
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Unfortunately the writing style makes the process more difficult than enlightening. If you are up to the challenge there are some interesting snippets amidst the often disturbing imagery. Mar 19, Natalie rated it liked it. Fascinating subject matter, but the style is almost unreadable.
Not sure if this is an issue of poor translation or if the hysferia French is just as miserable. Jun 17, Heather rated it liked it.
I want so badly to give this book 5 stars because there really is nothing like it, and because the content is so vast but so horrifically engaging. Also, because it touches on a period of time and hytseria which I find is often skipped over and not spoken about. However, structurally speaking, this book is like a labyrinthe. I’m not sure whether some key things were lost in the translation process, but djdi-huberman way this book is laid out truly p 3 stars for the content, the images, and the poetic prose.
I’m not sure whether some key things were lost in the translation process, but the way this book is laid out truly puzzled me. I felt like I was missing something nysteria during the entire read. I’d like to know what that is, eventually.
Still though, the photography alone is worth keeping this on my shelf. Jul 27, Victoria Olsen rated it liked it. I can see why there is a long list of people wanting To Read this book and very few who have Read or reviewed it. You have to be motivated to make it through the prose, even though it’s a fascinating subject and the author is very knowledgeable.
It’s written in French High Academic style so be ready to wade through digressions and lots of references to theory that invemtion explained.
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Nonetheless, the photographs are beautiful and I did find the text very thought-provoking. The author provides a ri I can see why there is a long list of people wanting To Read this book and very few who have Read or reviewed it.
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Georges Didi-Huberman is a French philosopher and art historian.
Invention of Hysteria: Charcot and the Photographic Iconography of the Salpêtrière
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