Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Art & Art History
Throughout the eighteenth century, hysteria and melancholia were two of the most diagnosed nervous disorders in Europe. Ambiguities in diagnosis and language frame the development of hysteria as a primarily feminine disease, with its male counterpart as hypochondria or melancholia. However, medicine and society worked to inform and reflect each other, creating a visual culture of art, performance, and entertainment surrounding these nervous disorders. William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress (c. 1732-5) and Henry Fuseli’s The Nightmare (1781) exemplify the fluidity between medicine and society in eighteenth-century Britain.
Ross, Kayleigh, "The Performance of a Social Disease: Hysteria and Melancholia in Eighteenth-Century Britain through William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress (c. 1732-5) and Henry Fuseli's The Nightmare (1781)" (2022). Art & Art History. 5.
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