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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Georges Didi-Huberman and the Invention of Hysteria. Cambridge University Press, Didi-Huberman follows this path from complicity to antipathy in one of Charcot’s favorite “cases,” that of Augustine, whose image crops up again and again in the Iconographie.

Foreword by, Edward O. Carolyn Marie rated it it was amazing Feb 01, Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts, No. I wad drawn this fascinated by the fact that didi-nuberman shares an etymology with “hysterectomy”.

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Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. By searching for the pathological vestiges, for the facies through this anatomical gr. The clinical gaze dehumanizes, turning the object of observation into an object proper.

Lisa Lanyon-bunch rated it liked it Oct 03, View freely available titles: Book titles OR Journal titles. The first English-language publication of a classic French book on the relationship between the development of photography and of the medical category of hysteria.


Didi-Huberman insists that the recognition and recording of hysteria are essentially a collaborative work of art. The majority of the patients depicted in Iconographies were invejtion of the clinical and photographical gaze and this awareness lead to their weak resistance at least at the first attempts to having their photography taken.

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Kristin rated it liked it Dec 28, As a result, mysterious, opaque images and texts become useful evidence regarding both the subjects and the men who treated them. Paleomagnetism and Confirmation of Drift. As Didi-Huberman shows, these photographs were far from simply objective documentation.

This is the French cultural arena in which Georges Didi-Huberman b. A Journal of the History of Science The detailed story of one unfortunate inmate is that of Augustin, sexual victim turned star performer for special freedoms, really tells the whole story of women locked away and then subsumed into kaleidoscope of proto-psychiatric patriarchal fantasy.

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

The premise of this study is simple, and dazzling. Jan 26, Triecia Gibney rated it liked it. Didi-Huberman betrays his own intellectual origins in France of the late s through his wide range of references, his relentless attention to unusual primary sources such as the clinical files that support Charcot’s published researchand his application of poststructuralist methods that recall the work of Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes. Jul 27, Victoria Olsen rated it liked it.



And this is the point where certain aspects of the routinization of this iconographic practice provides food for thought regarding the not so unequivocal borders between medicine, deontology and art. Feb 18, Ariel rated it really liked it Shelves: Sigmund Freud, Charcot’s student, is the perfect observer He uses these images to uncover the relationship between doctor and patient, a particularly rich line when the doctor is also the photographer.

The gaze entails the investment of a hierarchy of power, the one that is gazed at being thus objectified. His influence regarding the study of neurology is quite vast and he inspired the series of Iconographies Democratization didi-huebrman the visual Photography has a paradoxical vocation: Their very summoning and the parade of the pathological being reduced to an assortment of symptoms are invasive and coercive forms of casting in the open the bare body of hysteria.

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