• Grose, Anouchka. Histeria Today

    Hysteria, one of the most diagnosed conditions in human history, is also one of the most problematic. Can it even be said to exist at all? Since the earliest medical texts people have had something to say about "feminine complaints". Over the centuries, theorizations of the root causes have lurched from the physiological to the psychological to the socio-political. Thanks to its dual association with femininity and with fakery, the notion of hysteria inevitably provokes questions about women, men, sex, bodies, minds, culture, happiness and unhappiness.

    To some, it may seem extraordinary that such a contested diagnosis could continue to merit any mention whatsoever. Surely we all now know better. Nonetheless, after being discarded by the American Psychiatric Association in 1952, it has continued to make its appearance, not least in later editions of the DSM, in the form of "hysterical neurosis (conversion type)" or craftily re-branded as "histrionic personality disorder". In contrast with the old-fashioned cliché of the cantankerous malingerer, Jacques Lacan has associated the hysteric with the scientist and seeker after truth. Hysteria Today is a collection of essays whose purpose is to reopen the case for hysteria and to see what relevance, if any, the term may have within contemporary clinical practice.

  • Melman, Charles - Studies on Hysteria Revisited: Charles Melman on Trauma, Incompatibility, Repression and the Unconscious

    Steeped in Lacanian theory, this book (Nouvelles Études Sur L’Hysterie) is the first of its kind to present a longitudinal approach to the study of hysteria.

    In these 21 seminars Dr Melman leads us from the first records of hysteria to Freud’s major discovery of the principal concepts of trauma, incompatibility, repression and the unconscious. Peppered with invaluable clinical examples, the author guides readers through difficult concepts as he links hysteria to the birth of psychoanalysis itself, and demonstrates how the reader may become implicated in this discourse.

    Capturing Melman’s indomitable spirit, Studies on Hysteria Revisited will be an important read for graduate students, clinicians, and those in psychoanalytic formation.

    Charles Melman is a leading French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist. Friend and collaborator of Lacan, he founded L’Association Lacanienne Internationalein Paris in 1982. He has published extensively and contributed influentially to psychoanalysis worldwide.