Invention of Hysteria: Charcot and the Photographic Iconography of the Salpetriere by Georges Didi-Huberman, Alisa Hartz (Translator)
Publisher: The MIT Press (July 13, 2003) | ISBN: 0262042150 | PDF | 11,2 Mb | 385 pages
In this classic of French cultural studies, Georges Didi-Huberman traces the intimate and reciprocal relationship between the disciplines of psychiatry and photography in the late nineteenth century. Focusing on the immense photographic output of the Salpetriere hospital, the notorious Parisian asylum for insane and incurable women, Didi-Huberman shows the crucial role played by photography in the invention of the category of hysteria. Under the direction of the medical teacher and clinician Jean-Martin Charcot, the inmates of Salpetriere identified as hysterics were methodically photographed, providing skeptical colleagues with visual proof of hysteria's specific form.