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The Resource Perilous Chastity : Women and Illness in Pre-Enlightenment Art and Medicine, Laurinda S. Dixon

Perilous Chastity : Women and Illness in Pre-Enlightenment Art and Medicine, Laurinda S. Dixon

Label
Perilous Chastity : Women and Illness in Pre-Enlightenment Art and Medicine
Title
Perilous Chastity
Title remainder
Women and Illness in Pre-Enlightenment Art and Medicine
Statement of responsibility
Laurinda S. Dixon
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Bearing such titles as The Doctor's Visit or The Lovesick Maiden, certain seventeenth-century Dutch paintings are familiar to museum browsers: an attractive young woman--well dressed, but pale and listless--reclines in a chair, languishes in bed, or falls to the floor in a faint. Weathered crones or impish boys leer suggestively in the background. These paintings traditionally have been viewed as commentary on quack doctors or unmarried pregnant women. The first book to examine images of women and illness in the light of medical history, Perilous Chastity reveals a surprising new interpretation.In an engaging analysis enhanced by abundant illustrations-including eight pages of color plates--Laurinda S. Dixon shows how paintings reflect changing medical theories concerning women. While she illuminates a tradition stretching from antiquity to the present, she concentrates on art from the thirteenth through the eighteenth centuries, and particularly on paintings from seventeenth-century Leiden.Dixon suggests how the assumptions of a predominantly male medical establishment have influenced prevailing notions of women's social place. She traces the evolution of the belief that women's illnesses were caused by "hysteria," so named in ancient Greece after the notion that the uterus had a tendency to wander in the body. All women were considered prone to hysteria-strong emotions, idleness, intellectual activity, or unladylike pursuits could cause it--but it was most commonly diagnosed among celibates. Analyzing paintings of women's sickrooms by Jan Steen, Dirck Hals, Gabriel Metsu, Jacob Ochtervelt, Godfried Schalcken, Samuel van Hoogstraten, and Franz van Mieris, Dixon perceives metaphoric identifications of the womb as the source of illness. She also documents changing fashions in cures for hysteria and discusses allusions to the debilitating effects of women's passions not only in paintings, but also in madrigals by John Dowland and Henry Purcell.In conclusion, Dixon argues that her study has strong ramifications of attitudes towards women and illness today. She takes up images in twentieth-century culture as well and calls attention to a resurgence of female "hysteria" after World War II
Cataloging source
DEGRU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dixon, Laurinda S
Government publication
other
Index
no index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Medicine and art
  • Women in art
  • Women
  • Genre painting, Dutch
  • ART / History / Renaissance
  • Genre painting, Dutch
  • Medicine and art
  • Women
  • Women in art
  • Netherlands
Target audience
specialized
Label
Perilous Chastity : Women and Illness in Pre-Enlightenment Art and Medicine, Laurinda S. Dixon
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • III The Womb Inflamed, Threatened, And Denied: Instigators Of Disease
  • IV The Womb Occupied, Restored, And Satiated: Corporeal Cures
  • V Mind And Body Reconciled: "Psychological" Cures
  • VI Melancholic Men And Hysterical Women: The Sexual Politics Of Illness
  • VII Epilogue: Exit The Wandering Womb
  • Appendix: Medical Dissertations On The Subject Of Female Hysteria Written Between 1575 And 1740
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Colorplates
  • Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • I Hysteria As A Uterine Disorder: A Brief History
  • II "Outward Manifestations": Symptoms And Diagnosis
Control code
on1114885458
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501735769
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7591/9781501735769
Other physical details
8 color plates, 101 halftones
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvv29wrm
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1114885458
Label
Perilous Chastity : Women and Illness in Pre-Enlightenment Art and Medicine, Laurinda S. Dixon
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • III The Womb Inflamed, Threatened, And Denied: Instigators Of Disease
  • IV The Womb Occupied, Restored, And Satiated: Corporeal Cures
  • V Mind And Body Reconciled: "Psychological" Cures
  • VI Melancholic Men And Hysterical Women: The Sexual Politics Of Illness
  • VII Epilogue: Exit The Wandering Womb
  • Appendix: Medical Dissertations On The Subject Of Female Hysteria Written Between 1575 And 1740
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Colorplates
  • Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • I Hysteria As A Uterine Disorder: A Brief History
  • II "Outward Manifestations": Symptoms And Diagnosis
Control code
on1114885458
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501735769
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7591/9781501735769
Other physical details
8 color plates, 101 halftones
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvv29wrm
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1114885458

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