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PhallaciesHistorical Intersections of Disability and Masculinity$
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Kathleen M. Brian and James W. Trent, Jr.

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190458997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190458997.001.0001

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Hysteria in the Male

Hysteria in the Male

Images of Masculinity in Late-Nineteenth-Century France

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(p.173) 8 Hysteria in the Male
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Phallacies
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Daniela S. Barberis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190458997.003.0009

This chapter explores the comparative differences between male and female hysteria in the work of the nineteenth-century French psychiatrist Jean Martin Charcot and his students, known as the Salpêtrière school. This prevalent model allows us to explore gender constructs and, especially, concepts of masculinity in late-nineteenth-century France and their connection to the capacity to work, a capacity impaired when so-called nervous disabilities affected patients. The chapter shows that hysteria, a condition most often associated with women in the history of psychiatry and in the writings of Charcot’s most famous student, Sigmund Freud, also applied to men.

Keywords:   Charcot, hysteria, Salpêtrière, psychiatry, nervous, Freud, masculinity

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