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Houses of MadnessInsanity and Asylums of Bengal in Nineteenth-century India$
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Debjani Das

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199458875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458875.001.0001

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Women in the Lunatic Asylums of Bengal

Women in the Lunatic Asylums of Bengal

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(p.130) 3 Women in the Lunatic Asylums of Bengal
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Houses of Madness
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Debjani Das

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458875.003.0004

This chapter focuses on women in both the ‘native’ and European asylums of Bengal. In doing so, it attempts to classify the different causes and symptoms of insanity among both women and men. It also questions whether insanity could necessarily be termed as a ‘female malady’ and how female insanity was undersood as being different from male insanity.

Keywords:   women, feminization of madness, symptoms of insanity, asylums in Bengal, female malady

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