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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If you are up to the challenge there are some interesting snippets amidst the often disturbing imagery. Help Center Find new research papers in: I felt like I was missing something important during the entire read.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The clinical photographical portrait prompted an oxymoronic oddity: Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Books by Georges Didi-Huberman. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The hysteric is under control of the disordered womb. Several hystrria and photos are included. Not sure if this is an issue of poor translation or if the original French is just as miserable. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The very act of seeing can be intrusive when it leads to the violently enforced visibility of the otherness in an exemplary, cynical fashion. This could have been a brilliant read about the didi-hhuberman marriage between art, science and medicine. I wad drawn this fascinated by the fact that “hysteria” shares an etymology with “hysterectomy”. All of these point to the fact that the desire to artistically represent overcame the urge to clinically present and that the hysteric is only the recipient of a misfortune prone to aesthetization and, consequently, to consecration as a form of an alienating art, nevertheless art.


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. Jana Schmidt rated it it was amazing Apr 21, Didi-Huberman insists that both performances and records were essential to Charcot’s hystegia, and calls this “the discreet but astonishing passage. You have to be motivated to make it through the prose, even though it’s a fascinating subject and the author is very knowledgeable.


The premise of this study is hysteroa, and dazzling. A Journal of the History of Science Also, because it touches on a period of time and events which I find is often skipped over and not spoken about. This hysterua has no associated abstract. Particles From Outer Space. A Thin Cosmic Rain: Open Preview See a Problem?

Paleomagnetism and Confirmation of Drift. In Georges Didi-Huberman published Invention of Hysteriaa book that instantly became a classic of late-twentieth-century intellectual [End Page ] history.

Firstly, this apparently honest representational mechanism of photography has a selective coherence and the staging of hysteria also lies in what is absent in the photo, not in 20 Ibid. Jun 17, Heather rated it liked it.

Georges Didi-Huberman1 For there existed a region where madness challenged the work of art, reduced it ironically, made of its iconographic landscape a pathological world of hallucinations; that language which was delirium was not a work of art.

Michel Vuillemin rated it really liked it Oct 14, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Twentieth Century.

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

Gilman – – History of Science Added to PP index Total downloads 2of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1 didi-hubermah, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Fascinating subject matter, but the hytseria is almost unreadable. The clinical portraits from the Iconographies are such tokens of hyperreality because the borders between staging, pathology, poses, and symptoms are ambiguous and the striking mannerism of the visual of hysteria leads to vestiges of the backstage, a backstage that is expelled in order to display the neat seemingly real fiction of madness.


Refresh and try again. The time and the aura are umbilically joined since they nurture each other — be it the passing of time and the silent dirge that accompanies this passing in the collective imaginary or that ritualic illo tempore14 — these are forms of auratic contaminations of time that photography devours, then exhibits. Didi-Huberman reads the textual accounts of hysteria as a form of fiction, explaining that he “simply want[s] to indicate the fundamental complicity between clinical practice and figurative, plastic and literary paradigms” p.

When this duality crumbled more or less in the dawn of modern age, what remained was the residue of such a puzzled and diaphanous understanding of the afflicted body: The clinical observation of hysteria — the seeing to know served as an alibi for the aesthetic take diei-huberman psychopathology — the covetous seeing to see Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

Xexets rated it it was ok Nov 15, Feb 18, Ariel rated it really liked it Shelves: The clinical gaze dehumanizes, turning the object of observation into an object proper.

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Tina rated it liked it Jan 15, Translated by, Giselle Weiss. Not surprisingly, Didi-Huberman is most hysteris in the ways that photographic images record the contemporary understanding of medicine and psychology. Since the modern clinical observation designed itself on the visual tier, the artisticity of psychopathology resorted to the visual realm, as well. Mathematics with a Twist.