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Sad, Mad and Bad: Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 [Hardcover]

Lisa Appignanesi

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Book Description

Nov. 8 2007
From the depression suffered by Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath to the mental anguish and addictions of iconic beauties Zelda Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. From Théroigne de Méricourt, the Fury of the Gironde, who descended from the bloody triumphs of the French Revolution to untameable insanity in La Salpetrière asylum, to Mary Lamb, sister of Charles, who in the throes of a nervous breakdown turned on her mother with a kitchen knife. From Freud and Jung and the radical breakthroughs of psychoanalysis to Lacan’s construction of a modern movement and the new women-centred therapies. This is the story of how we have understood extreme states of mind over the last two hundred years and how we conceive of them today, when more and more of our inner life and emotions have become a matter for medics and therapists.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: McArthur & Co; First Edition edition (Nov. 8 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552786765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552786765
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #688,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lisa Appignanesi was born in Poland and brought up in France and Canada. A former university lecturer and Deputy Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, she has produced several television films and is the author of several novels, including THE DEAD OF WINTER and SANCTUARY.

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