Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945


The 26 women who tell their stories here were incarcerated against their will, often by male family members, for holding views or behaving in ways that deviated from the norms of their day. The authors’ accompanying history of both societal and psychiatric standards for women reveals the degree to which the prevailing societal conventions could reinforce the perception that these women were mad.

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Author: Jeffrey L. Geller, Maxine Harris, Phyllis Chesler

ISBN13: 9780385474238 via Indiebound

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