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Histerija i rod
Hysteria and Gender

Author(s): Željka Matijašević
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Hrvatsko Filozofsko Društvo

Summary/Abstract: The paper examines the significance of hysteria in relation to gender, the Darwinian psychiatrical construction of hysteria in the 19th century, and finally the psychoanalytical concept of hysteria as an example of mental disorder. This suggests that the study of pathology started as the study of female pathology. The qustion is whether it is possible to give new meaning to hysteria and to say that it is a revolt against patriarchal discourse, following this ‘ontological’ link between women and madness based on women’s hyper-emotionality.

  • Issue Year: 25/2005
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 829-839
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Croatian