Hysteria!

by: Phoebe Bennett
Narrated by: Alice Lowe
Duration: 3 hrs
Publication Date: 2019-07-25

Audio Book Summary

Hysteria! presents tales of howling nuns, fainting schoolgirls, witches, wombs, online panics and threats u2013 both imagined and real. Crossing decades and continents, and from personal panics to societal scares, Alice Lowe explores hysterical behaviour. Come join the delirium….

Hysteria is a word that regularly gets misused. It gets attached to everything from overly emotional behaviour to moral panics, via stock market crashes, stampedes, viral videos and more. Its often used u2013 pejoratively u2013 about women, and it shares its roots with the ancient Greek word for womb. The story of hysteria touches on issues of stigma, gender, morality and power. But how do we separate mass psychogenic illness from mere emotional excess?

Filmmaker, actress and writer Alice Lowe has long been fascinated by the grey area between behavioural control and abandon. In this six-part series, she explores what we really mean when we talk about frenzies, fevers, manias and panics u2013 both individually and throughout society.

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