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The Resource Perilous chastity : women and illness in pre-Enlightenment art and medicine, Laurinda S. Dixon

Perilous chastity : women and illness in pre-Enlightenment art and medicine, Laurinda S. Dixon

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Perilous chastity : women and illness in pre-Enlightenment art and medicine
Title
Perilous chastity
Title remainder
women and illness in pre-Enlightenment art and medicine
Statement of responsibility
Laurinda S. Dixon
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "From Publishers Weekly : Until the late 17th century, the womb was regarded as discrete and animate. Hungry for male seed, if unsatisfied it wandered the body, causing illness and bodily distress. Known as hysteria or uterine furies, the idea of the denied womb had its origins in the Hippocratic belief in the dangers of sexual abstinence. Women were considered frail from birth, their anatomy predisposing them to weakness and instability. Their health?at times their very lives?could be endangered by virginity. Wonderfully engaging, this unique study shows how art reveals a misogynistic medical establishment's attitudes toward women. Dixon traces the origins of "hysteria," richly illustrating her analysis with more than 100 paintings from the 13th through the 18th centuries, focusing primarily on 17th-century Dutch works. The paintings are filled with metaphors for and erotic references to the denied womb. The lovesick maiden; the pale, languishing patient; the doctor's visit; the chamber pot in the maiden's sickroom; all reveal the ancient link between sex and illness. By examining these paintings as documents with references to the medical discourse of the time, Dixon looks at art in light of history and the strong influence of scientific dogma on our cultural heritage."--Via amazon.com
  • Reviews : "Dixon presents her arguments clearly and forcefully, and her volume is well written, as well as a feast for the eyes. ... Dixon's study is an important one for scholars in medical history, art history, and women's studies because of its ambitious attempts to mold medical theory about female bodies and artists' representations of women and girls into a comprehensive picture of women's lives."--Ann Ellis Hanson, review "This impeccably researched work traces 'hysteria' ... into the modern period. ... Dixon's work will be of great interest to scholars in the fields of medical history, art history, and women's studies." -- Katherine Dauge-Roth, review"-- from amazon.com
  • "From Publishers Weekly : Until the late 17th century, the womb was regarded as discrete and animate. Hungry for male seed, if unsatisfied it wandered the body, causing illness and bodily distress. Known as hysteria or uterine furies, the idea of the denied womb had its origins in the Hippocratic belief in the dangers of sexual abstinence. Women were considered frail from birth, their anatomy predisposing them to weakness and instability. Their health?at times their very lives?could be endangered by virginity. Wonderfully engaging, this unique study shows how art reveals a misogynistic medical establishment's attitudes toward women. Dixon traces the origins of "hysteria," richly illustrating her analysis with more than 100 paintings from the 13th through the 18th centuries, focusing primarily on 17th-century Dutch works. The paintings are filled with metaphors for and erotic references to the denied womb. The lovesick maiden; the pale, languishing patient; the doctor's visit; the chamber pot in the maiden's sickroom; all reveal the ancient link between sex and illness. By examining these paintings as documents with references to the medical discourse of the time, Dixon looks at art in light of history and the strong influence of scientific dogma on our cultural heritage."--via amazon.com
  • Reviews : "Dixon presents her arguments clearly and forcefully, and her volume is well written, as well as a feast for the eyes. . . . Dixon's study is an important one for scholars in medical history, art history, and women's studies because of its ambitious attempts to mold medical theory about female bodies and artists' representations of women and girls into a comprehensive picture of women's lives." -- Ann Ellis Hanson, review "This impeccably researched work traces 'hysteria' . . . into the modern period. . . . Dixon's work will be of great interest to scholars in the fields of medical history, art history, and women's studies." -- Katherine Dauge-Roth, review"-- from amazon.com
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Dixon, Laurinda S
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Medicine and art
  • Women in art
  • Women
  • Genre painting, Dutch
  • Women in art
  • Genre painting, Dutch
  • Genre painting
  • Feminist art criticism
  • Medicine in the Arts
  • History of Medicine
  • History, 17th Century
  • Women's Health
Label
Perilous chastity : women and illness in pre-Enlightenment art and medicine, Laurinda S. Dixon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [257]-292] and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Hysteria as a Uterine Disorder: A Brief History -- II. "Outward Manifestations": Symptoms and Diagnosis -- III. The Womb Inflamed, Threatened, and Denied: Instigators of Disease -- IV. The Womb Occupied, Restored, and Satiated: Corporeal Cures -- V. Mind and Body Reconciled: "Psychological" Cures -- VI. Melancholic Men and Hysterical Women: The Sexual Politics of Illness -- VII. Epilogue: Exit the Wandering Womb -- Appendix: Medical Dissertations on the Subject of Female Hysteria Written between 1575 and 1740
Control code
31077476
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xvi, 297 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780801430268
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
94034911
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(WaOLN)1672820
Label
Perilous chastity : women and illness in pre-Enlightenment art and medicine, Laurinda S. Dixon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [257]-292] and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Hysteria as a Uterine Disorder: A Brief History -- II. "Outward Manifestations": Symptoms and Diagnosis -- III. The Womb Inflamed, Threatened, and Denied: Instigators of Disease -- IV. The Womb Occupied, Restored, and Satiated: Corporeal Cures -- V. Mind and Body Reconciled: "Psychological" Cures -- VI. Melancholic Men and Hysterical Women: The Sexual Politics of Illness -- VII. Epilogue: Exit the Wandering Womb -- Appendix: Medical Dissertations on the Subject of Female Hysteria Written between 1575 and 1740
Control code
31077476
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xvi, 297 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780801430268
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
94034911
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(WaOLN)1672820

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