Men, Women and Madness in Twentieth-Century Britain (HIH1517)
Our modern-day ideas about madness tend to conjure up images of the ‘madwoman’: hysterical, prone to irrationality and over-emotional behaviour. However, our associations with gender and mental illness have a long history, and men also feature prominently in this story. Students on this module will trace the ways in which our ideas about mental illness have developed since the late nineteenth-century and will explore a range of cultural and social factors that have led to misleading and stigmatising assumptions about gender and psychological disorders. Students will engage with, and think critically about, a variety of documentary, statistical, visual and oral sources used in the history of medicine and psychiatry. There are no pre- or co-requisite skills for this module.