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Voices from the Asylum: Four French Women Writers, 1850-1920

Susannah Wilson


This book investigates the lives and writings of four women incarcerated in French psychiatric hospitals in the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The renowned sculptor (and mistress of Rodin) Camille Claudel, the musician Hersilie Rouy, the feminist activist Marie Esquiron, and the self‐proclaimed mystic and eccentric Pauline Lair Lamotte, all left first‐hand accounts of their experiences. These rare and unsettling documents provide the foundation for a unique insight into the experience of psychiatric breakdown and treatment from the patient's viewpoint. By li ... More

Keywords: gender, history of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, memoir, Camille Claudel, Hersilie Rouy, Marie Esquiron, Pauline Lair Lamotte, nineteenth‐century France

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199579358
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susannah Wilson, author
Stipendary Lecturer in French at Oriel College, Oxford.