Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Literature The Gender Of Hysteria - Essay

The Gender Of Hysteria

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Jan Goldstein (essay date 1991)

SOURCE: "The Uses of Male Hysteria: Medical and Literary Discourse in Nineteenth-Century France," in Representations, Vol. 34, Spring, 1991, pp. 134-65.

[In the excerpt that follows, Goldstein argues that during the nineteenth century the phenomenon of male hysteria was developed through opposing interpretations: the medical community used it to reinscribe conventional gender definitions, while writers subverted such norms by associating hysteria with the desire for androgyny.]

In the winter of 1867, Gustave Flaubert wrote to his good friend George Sand that he continued "to fiddle with" (tripoter) his...

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