Dejanira and the physicians: Aspects of hysteria in Handel's Hercules

Hurley, David Ross
September 1996
Musical Quarterly;Fall96, Vol. 80 Issue 3, p548
Academic Journal
Elucidates the nature of hysteria in women in the early eighteenth century in England by presenting Dejanira in the fits of rage in one of Handel's works, `Hercules.' Acknowledgement of hysteria by early physicians; Different versions of Dejanira's character; Psychological paradigm on female malady.


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