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Representing EpilepsyMyth and Matter$
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Jeannette Stirling

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312373

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316173

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Hystericity and hauntings: the female and the feminised

Hystericity and hauntings: the female and the feminised

(p.36) Chapter 2 Hystericity and hauntings: the female and the feminised
Representing Epilepsy
Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses the systems of dispersal that operate between sites of definition and representation, locating the ways that these systems operate as discursive formations that conceptualise, define and promulgate medical, social and cultural understandings of ‘the epileptic’. It discusses the cultural links between epilepsy, violence and hereditary pollution from the maternal line. It also addresses the connections between epilepsy and degeneration. This chapter suggests that epilepsy and ‘the epileptic’ continue to be constituted through labyrinthine and shifting political, medical, social and cultural economies that frequently have little or nothing to do with those cerebral paroxysms defined as symptomatology.

Keywords:   epileptic, epilepsy, violence, hereditary pollution, degeneration, cerebral paroxysms, symptomatology

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