Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Literature Hysteria And Women's Narratives - Essay

Hysteria And Women's Narratives

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Mary Cappello (essay date 1988)

SOURCE: "Alice James: Neither Dead nor Recovered," in American Imago, Vol. 45, No. 2, Summer, 1988, pp. 127-62.

[In the excerpt that follows, Cappello analyzes the relationship between femininity and self articulation within the context of hysterical illness, using Alice James's Diary as an example.]

I. Illness and Femininity; Hysteria and Writing

As I listen to the work of particular women who have achieved voice in twentieth century English-speaking culture, Plath, Sexton, and Woolf, for example, I am led to the question of whether a woman can do the new things with words that...

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