Women of the Asylum

Women of the Asylum

Voices From Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
Accounts by women placed in asylums from 1840 to 1945 provide a chilling study of psychiatric institutions and attitudes toward women

Blackwell North Amer
Jeffrey Geller and Maxine Harris have amassed twenty-six first person accounts of women who were placed in mental institutions against their will, often by male family members for holding views or behaving in ways that deviated from the norms of their day. Taken as a whole, these pieces offer a fascinating and frightening portrait of life both behind and outside the asylum walls. Geller and Harris's accompanying history of both societal and psychiatric standards for women reveals that often even the prevailing conventions reinforced the perception that these women were "mad."
Much has been written about the Victorian ideal of womanhood, the reform movements of the late nineteenth century, and the suffragettes of the early twentieth century, but still very little is known about those women who were pushed aside or hidden away. Women of the Asylum is the first book to give them the opportunity to speak for themselves.

& Taylor

Twenty-six first-person accounts by women placed in asylums from 1840 to 1945 provide a chilling study of women in psychiatric institutions, chronicling involuntary imprisonment by male family members, as well as voluntary commitment, social conventions, and attitudes toward women and insanity.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, c1994.
ISBN: 9780385474221
Branch Call Number: 362/.21/082/Wom 36ml 01
Characteristics: xxvii, 349, [2] p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Geller, Jeffrey L.
Harris, Maxine


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