Courtney’s Resource: Week Five

Since we have been reading and talking about Bly this week I thought this article would be helpful. It also discusses the fame Nellie Bly received by doing this “stunt” as the author states. Even though we see her assignment as crazy she was given a very important opportunity and as a woman during that time her task had promising benefits. Nellie Bly’s stunt girl reporting can be further read in the following link

Courtney’s Resource Blog Three

I found this article that will be included in my research project. I was very intrigued with Elizabeth Packard and her work to improve the conditions of mental institutions. This article will allow me to explore the impact that Packard made on society from her horrible experience within the asylum.  The bibliography gave me many other resources to use as well.

Courtney’s Topic: Women’s Hysteria in the Nineteenth Century

In this paper/project I would like to propose the effects that hysteria had on women and their reputation in the nineteenth century or if they were more prone to hysterical behavior due to the lack of power they had in American society. I also would like to study if hysteria had an effect on the perceptions of women’s bodies. I have found primary and secondary sources that account for the many beliefs that women were hysterical. There are also sources that discuss what they used for “cures”. I would like to also find more about the women who were committed to the asylum because of the belief of hysteria. I am considering doing a blog on this topic instead of a paper.

Appingnanesi, Lisa. Sad, Mad and Bad: Women and the Mind-Doctors from 1800. Toronto: McArthur & Company, 2007.

Chesler, Phyllis. Women And Madness. New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2005.

Grob, Gerald, N. Mental Illness and American Society, 1875-1940. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1983.

Lewis-Hall, Freda. Psychiatric Illness in Women: Emerging Treatments and Research. Washington DC, American Psychiatric Publishing Inc., 2002.

Lunbeck, Elizabeth. The Psychiatric Persuasion: Knowledge, Gender, and Power in Modern America. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1994.

Maines, Rachel P. The Technology of Orgasm: “Hysteria,” the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction. Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Schwartz, Casey. 2011. “A Case of the Hysterics.” Newsweek 158, no. 23: 22. Academic Search   Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed September 9, 2013).

Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll. “The Hysterical Woman: Sex Roles and Role Conflict in 19th-century America.” Vol. 39, no. 4 (Winter 1972): 652-678.

Ussher, Jane M. Women’s Madness: Misogyny or Mental Illness? Amherst, University of   Massachusetts Press, 1991.

Wenegrat, Brant. Illness and Power: Women’s Mental Disorders and the Battle between the Sexes. New York: New York University Press, 1995.


Courtney’s Resource Post Two

By reading Nancy Tomes this week I was very impressed with the work of Thomas Story Kirkbride. Whether people feel his intentions lacked true passion, I felt that no matter what his true intentions were he obviously made the mental institution better with his idea of “moral treatment”. In the following link,, the article discusses Kirkbride’s use of photography to entertain the patients. I found this to be another indicator of Kirkbride’s importance to the field of psychiatry. Instead of treating the patients as caged animals, I believe he deeply cared for his patients and their families. This made me realize even more why Nancy Tomes dedicated the majority of her work on Kirkbride and his accomplishments.

Courtney’s Resource Blog One

In all of the sources we read thus far there has been much mention of Dr. Benjamin Rush. He is considered the father of American psychiatry. The article section I have chosen, Roots of Madness, tells a great deal of the beginning career of Benjamin Rush and how he helped shape therapeutic treatment of the mentally ill in America. Because of his many experiments Rush was able to make a better treatment plan for mentally ill.  The article is located at the following link.

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