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

When Katerina Bryant suddenly began experiencing chronic seizures, she was plunged into a foreign world of doctors and psychiatrists, who understood her condition as little as she did. Reacting the only way she knew how, she immersed herself in books, reading her way through her own complicated diagnosis and finding a community of women who shared similar experiences.

Katerina Bryant blends memoir with literary and historical analysis to explore women’s medical treatment. Hysteria retells the stories of silenced women, from the ‘Queen of Hysterics’ Blanche Wittmann to Mary Glover’s illness termed ‘hysterica passio’  a panic attack caused by the movement of the uterus — in London in 1602 and more. By centring these stories of women who had no voice in their own diagnosis and treatment, Bryant finds her own voice: powerful, brave and resonant.

About the author

Katerina Bryant is a writer and PhD student based on Kaurna land (Adelaide, Australia). Her first book, Hysteria: A Memoir of Illness, Strength and Women’s Stories Throughout History (NewSouth), is out now. You can buy it at your local independent bookstore or here.

Katerina’s work has appeared in The Guardian, Meanjin, Griffith Review and Kill Your Darlings, amongst others. You can read some of it here.

Her essays have been shortlisted for the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, 2018 Feminartsy Memoir Prize and 2019 The Lifted Brow and non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction. Her work is also in the collection ‘Balancing Acts: Women in Sport’.

Katerina has been an artist at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, National Young Writers Festival, Noted Festival and the Digital Writers’ Festival. She was also the inaugural recipient of the 2018 Writers SA Varuna Fellowship for Emerging Writers where she developed an essay collection about the lives of animals.

Katerina tweets @katerina_bry.

Read the book then join us at the Book club

Hysteria is available from   Booktopia  and   Kobo (e-book) or  your local bookstore.

Read more about Katerina here: https://katerinabryant.com/hysteria

Read the book and join other Compassion Revolutions for a Book Club meet-up with the author

Date and Time 24th November 6.30pm- 7.30  AEDT

Zoom link will be sent to those who register to attend.