Augustine (Big Hysteria)
By Anna Furse
Introduction by Elaine Showalter
Routledge – 1997 – 76 pages
First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
"Anna Furse presents a fascinating piece of theatre in which she uses a stylised form to explore factual content." - Time Out
"…one of the most important plays in the new feminist theatre of hysteria. Anna Furse draws on the history of phychiatry to produce innovative performance that is also a critique of the psychoanalytic appropriation of women. Augustine is set in the Paris clinic of Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot. From 1882 to the year of his death in 1893, Charcot was the impresario of a group of `hysterical' women who become known, as stars, queens, and divas." - From Elaine Showalter's introduction
"…a winner…unnervingly in tune with modern feeling." - The Times