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Hysteria!

Narrated by: Alice Lowe
Length: 3 hrs
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Hysteria! presents tales of howling nuns, fainting schoolgirls, witches, wombs, online panics and threats – both imagined and real. Crossing decades and continents, and from personal panics to societal scares, Alice Lowe explores hysterical behaviour. Come join the delirium....

Hysteria is a word that regularly gets misused. It gets attached to everything from overly emotional behaviour to moral panics, via stock market crashes, stampedes, viral videos and more. It’s often used – pejoratively – about women, and it shares its roots with the ancient Greek word for womb. The story of hysteria touches on issues of stigma, gender, morality and power. But how do we separate mass psychogenic illness from mere emotional excess?

Filmmaker, actress and writer Alice Lowe has long been fascinated by the grey area between behavioural control and abandon. In this six-part series, she explores what we really mean when we talk about frenzies, fevers, manias and panics – both individually and throughout society.

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Great work!

I love the range of topics & stories involved. Just when you think they have done it all they add new angle you wouldn’t think to look into. It is very well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-2019

Love love love!

I really enjoyed this! I just wish there were more episodes! Thought the narration was excellent too. Genuinely just wish there was more. Such an interesting topic and really got me thinking.

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  • C. Soper
  • 12-08-2019

Fantasticly entertaining and informative

Really enjoyed listening. Made me want to look into the issues further and link it to gender performativity theory.

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  • laura holmes
  • 11-08-2019

Love this, insightful and humourous.

Well researched, a wide range of experts and topics covered. Fascinating and handled with great sensitivity and insight.

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  • ekaterina
  • 11-08-2019

A fascinating look at a lesser known phenomenon

Alice Lowe masterfully blends historical and contemporary accounts with eyewitness testimony and expert opinion. brilliant.

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  • Addlestone
  • 09-08-2019

Best listen since West Cork

Loved this. Alice Lowe's Hysteria is intelligent and entertaining with great narration. Interesting content, fascinating investigation and best thing I've listened to since the superb West Cork. More please.

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  • debbie evans
  • 06-08-2019

interesting

it was interesting and informative would listen to it again enjoyed it will pass it on

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  • caho
  • 05-08-2019

Thought Provoking

Fascinating topic and I enjoyed the way they covered the very strange historical stuff through to the forms it takes in modern life. Thought provoking

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-2019

Historical significance

Interestingly shows how the word 'hysteria' has evolved from antiquity to present day mass panics.

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  • Emma Willcox
  • 02-08-2019

meowing nuns to demons and anti vax

loved it! It started with meowing nuns and ends with combining demons and antivax hysteria (the fact the last episode combines demons and anti vax was hilarious to me.) I very much enjoyed this series

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  • Sasperella
  • 24-08-2019

Worth a listen.

A very interesting and insightful show. Would definitely recommend if you like the unexplained. More please.