Women of the Asylum: The Unheard Voices of America's Madwomen

Women of the Asylum: The Unheard Voices of America's Madwomen

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by Jeffrey L. Geller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0385474229

ISBN-13: 9780385474221

Pub. Date: 06/01/1994

Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group

Jeffrey Geller and Maxine Harris have amassed twenty-six first person accounts of women who were placed in mental institutions against their will, often by male family members for holding views or behaving in ways that deviated from the norms of their day. Taken as a whole, these pieces offer a fascinating and frightening portrait of life both behind and outside the…  See more details below

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Jeffrey Geller and Maxine Harris have amassed twenty-six first person accounts of women who were placed in mental institutions against their will, often by male family members for holding views or behaving in ways that deviated from the norms of their day. Taken as a whole, these pieces offer a fascinating and frightening portrait of life both behind and outside the asylum walls. Geller and Harris's accompanying history of both societal and psychiatric standards for women reveals that often even the prevailing conventions reinforced the perception that these women were "mad." Much has been written about the Victorian ideal of womanhood, the reform movements of the late nineteenth century, and the suffragettes of the early twentieth century, but still very little is known about those women who were pushed aside or hidden away. Women of the Asylum is the first book to give them the opportunity to speak for themselves.

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ISBN-13:
9780385474221
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1994
Pages:
384

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