Talking History Online: Hysteria: A memoir of illness, strength and women’s stories throughout history

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Hysteria is both a memoir of author Katerina Bryant’s experience of illness and a historical account of four women whose lives have intersected with the idea of ‘hysteria’. The book looks at the strength of women who were not seen as themselves but as patients alone. Katerina will be examining the lives of these women, touching on our own South Australian context and speaking to what it means to contextualise herself within this complex history.


This free public lecture is part of the History Trust of South Australia’s Talking History series and a special event for Mental Health Week 2020.

Lecture will commence at 5.30pm CST (Adelaide time) on Zoom. There will be a short Q&A following the lecture.


Katerina Bryant is a writer and PhD student based in South Australia. Her first book, Hysteria: A Memoir of Illness, Strength and Women’s Stories Throughout History (NewSouth), is out now.

Hysteria is available at your local independent bookstore or online here. Signed copies are available at Imprints Booksellers, Dymocks Rundle Mall and Dillons Norwood Bookshop.