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Bryant Katerina



Price: $29.99
Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9781742236773
Published: September 2020

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When Katerina Bryant
suddenly began experiencing chronic seizures, she was plunged into a foreign
world of doctors and psychiatrists, who understood her condition as little as
she did. Reacting the only way she knew how, she immersed herself in books,
reading her way through her own complicated diagnosis and finding a community
of women who shared similar experiences.

In the tradition of Siri
Hustvedt's The Shaking Woman, Bryant blends memoir with literary and historical
analysis to explore women's medical treatment. Hysteria retells the stories of
silenced women, from the 'Queen of Hysterics' Blanche Wittmann to Mary Glover's
illness termed 'hysterica passio' a panic attack caused by the movement of
the uterus - in London in 1602 and more. By centring these stories of women who
had no voice in their own diagnosis and treatment, Bryant finds her own voice:
powerful, brave and resonant.

'Hysteria is a timely and exciting work,
keenly interested in the long history of women being treated - and mistreated - by the medical system, and the ways in which their complicated legacy is still
being felt today. At once deeply personal and broadly political, it is a
touching and tender examination of what it means to live in a body and with a
brain that is aberrant or unwell, and how we might find a shape for our selves
and our experiences in these circumstances. Bryant is a careful and intelligent
writer, and this is a book that will have a great impact on many people.' - Fiona

'At once devastating, hopeful, comforting and bold. Bryant captures precisely, beautifully what it is to be made uncertain by illness.' - Anna Spargo-Ryan

'Katerina Bryant explores the disorienting and distressing phenomenon previously known - and denigrated - as 'hysteria' with compassion and insight.' - Meera Atkinson

Book details and technical specifications

Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9781742236773
Published: September 2020

Number of pages: 208
Width: 135 mm
Height: 210 mm
Depth: not specified

Publisher: NewSouth Publishing

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