The theoretical support for this proposal is the Invention of Hysteria by Georges Didi-Huberman, who, approaching categories of literary and cultural theory. Georges Didi-Huberman’s The Invention of Hysteria is a fascinating historiography of the intersection of medicine, photography, and empiricism during. Didi-Huberman, G. (). Invention of hysteria: Charcot and the photographic iconography of the Salpêtrière (A. Hartz, Trans.). Cambridge, MA, US: MIT Press.

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I can see why there is a long list of people wanting To Read this book and very few who have Read or reviewed it.

Through techniques such as hypnosis, electroshock therapy, and genital manipulation, he instigated the hysterical symptoms in his patients, eventually giving rise to hatred and resistance on their part. While the on site photographic studio captured psychic aurae and seizures for sexualized description, Charcot’s lectures featured dramatic demonstrations of triggered throes and coercion under hypnosis.

Unfortunately the writing style makes the process more difficult than enlightening. Jordany rated it liked it Oct 22, Kristin rated it liked it Dec 28, Jana Schmidt rated it it was amazing Apr 21, Paperbackpages. Evolution Into Plate Tectonics.

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Translated by, Giselle Weiss. Georges Didi-Huberman and the Invention of Hysteria. Book titles OR Journal titles. Focusing on The first English-language publication of a classic French book on the relationship between the development of photography and of the medical category of hysteria.

Not surprisingly, Didi-Huberman is most interested in the ways that photographic images record the contemporary understanding of medicine and psychology. I’m not sure whether some key things were lost in the translation process, but the way this book is laid out truly puzzled me.


Fascinating subject matter, but the style is almost unreadable. Didi-Huberman follows this path from complicity to antipathy in one of Charcot’s favorite “cases,” that of Augustine, whose image crops up again and again in the Iconographie. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Introduction of Seafloor Spreading. We see how Charcot’s patients regularly performed their illness in front of his famous public “Tuesday Lectures.

Invention of Hysteria: Charcot and the Photographic Iconography of the Salpêtrière

The ancient and medieval galenic practice resorted to a metaphysical filter regarding the relation between the doctor and the patient, since the ontological duality that shaped the collective imaginary urged an arrangement made of inscrutable internal causes leading to extrinsic ijvention and treatment, as well. Open Preview See a Problem? Ov — staging and posing djdi-huberman the spectacle of hysteria The clinical gaze cannot be perceived as an entirely cynical dehumanizing visual coercion, since there is a certain voluptuousness not only in directing the spectacle of hysteria, but also in posing in this carnival of alienation.

Didi-Huberman insists that both performances and records were essential to Charcot’s work, and calls this “the discreet but astonishing passage. The clinical observation of hysteria — the seeing to know served as an alibi for the aesthetic take on psychopathology — the covetous seeing to see Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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If you are up to the challenge there are some interesting snippets amidst the often disturbing imagery. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. The criteria by which the clinical photography of the Iconographies can be considered an artistic stance is by the heavily theatralized bodies it depicts and by the striking absence of dixi-huberman ritual of the backstage.


Still though, the photography alone is worth keeping this on my shelf. The ruse Charcot resorted to was to hide this staging under the presumed objectivity of the photography — I present things how they are, since I photograph didi-huberrman.

It’s written in French High Academic style so be ready to wade through digressions and lots of references to theory that aren’t explained. Find it on Scholar. The premise of this study is simple, and dazzling. However, structurally speaking, this book is like a labyrinthe.

Contact Contact Us Help. A Journal of the History of Science Particles From Outer Space. The author provides a ri I can see why there is a long list of people wanting Didu-huberman Read this book and very few who have Read or reviewed it. Didi-Huberman insists that the recognition and recording of hysteria are essentially a collaborative work of art.

Marta rated it it was amazing Jan 14, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The classical tableau is a rancorous act of the academy regarding the heterodox propensity of hysteria — it can finally be classified and a tidy didi-huber,an can ultimately be promulgated: Gilman – – History of Science A Thin Cosmic Rain: Jenna rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Request removal from index.