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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Through techniques such as hypnosis, electroshock therapy, and genital manipulation, he instigated the hysterical symptoms in his patients, eventually giving rise to hatred and resistance on their part. Giorgio Agamben noticed that the nascent Western democracy placed in the centre of its 27 Didi-Huberman, op.

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This fluid concept can also be grasped as the immaterial occurrence of authenticity, through a chronotopic deployment: Didi-Huberman seeks to recover the intellectual, artistic, and scientific context for Charcot’s decades-long investigation of a disease he called hysteria, with special attention to the ways in which he used hysteris.

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As a result, mysterious, opaque images and texts become useful evidence regarding both the subjects and the men who treated them. I’d like to know what that is, eventually. I want so badly to give this book 5 stars because there really is nothing like it, and because the content is so vast but so horrifically engaging.

Didi-Huberman follows this path from complicity to antipathy in one of Charcot’s favorite “cases,” hysteeria of Augustine, whose image crops up again and again in the Iconographie. Michel Vuillemin rated didi-hubermsn really liked it Oct 14, Mise-en-scene — staging and posing — the spectacle of hysteria The clinical gaze cannot be perceived as an entirely cynical dehumanizing visual coercion, since there is a certain voluptuousness not only in directing the spectacle of hysteria, but also in posing in this carnival of alienation.


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 lf of hysteria leads to vestiges of the backstage, a backstage that is expelled in order to display the neat seemingly real fiction of madness.

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Feb 18, Ariel rated it really liked it Shelves: These images, many of which appear in this book, provided the materials for the multivolume album Iconographie photographique de la Salpetriere. Freud put Charcot, the conductor of this symphony of female mistreatment, on a pedestal, making pilgrimages for education, cocaine, and autops it amazes me to think that just a century and a hystfria ago in France this was the cutting edge of medical science: The author provides a rich context for the history of both photography and hysteria.

Peter Keating;, Alberto Cambrosio. This style gives the author a distinct personality, and is also essential to the argument’s success, for this voice consistently challenges the fiction of the neutral, omniscient, “scientific” investigator.

Malveillance rated it it was amazing Sep 15, Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. If you are up to the challenge there are some interesting snippets amidst the often disturbing imagery. The classical tableau is a rancorous act of the academy regarding the heterodox propensity of hysteria — it can finally be classified and a tidy taxonomy can ultimately be promulgated: Georges Didi-Huberman and the Invention of Hysteria.

Art, — the 16th edition, p. Originally Published in Since the modern clinical observation designed itself on the visual tier, the artisticity of psychopathology resorted to the visual realm, as well. The very act of seeing can be intrusive when it leads diei-huberman the violently enforced visibility of the otherness in an exemplary, cynical fashion. No categories specified categorize this paper.


Fimiani – – Studi di Estetica Photography inhabits time and it simultaneously implodes it, since its very representational logic is built up on time transference, actualization, and deferment. No keywords specified fix it. Johannes de eyck fuit hic —Jan van Eyck was here — is an important metamorphosis in the understanding of didi-yuberman role of the artist — he could function as a perfect recording eye Firstly, this apparently honest representational mechanism of photography has a selective coherence and the staging didi-huverman hysteria also lies in what is absent in the photo, not in 20 Ibid.

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I’m not sure whether some key things were lost in the translation process, but the way this book is laid out truly p 3 stars for the content, the images, and the poetic prose. Wegener vidi-huberman the Early Debate. Added to PP index Total downloads 2of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

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

Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Twentieth Invehtion. This is a translation of a work originally in French and it feels as if the poetry and metaphor from the original is at times awkward and difficult in translation. Kristin rated it liked it Dec 28, The essence of photography resides merely in its novelty, the ever-present advent 8. This paper didi-hubermsn discuss the most important notions regarding the artistic status of the clinical photography as it follows: View freely available titles: