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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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What the critics say

"The more I listened, the more contemporary it seemed." (Sunday Times)

"An illuminating series that is part history lesson and part portent of future calamity. While the stories of past outbreaks are merely entertaining, the reflections on present-day fake news and how our modes of communication encourage wild conspiracy theories are enough to make the listener themself hysterical." (FT)

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Excellent series!

Absolutely loved listening to this! It was very thought provoking and eye opening. The narrator was excellent. I will definitely be listening to this again and will try other podcasts by Phoebe Bennett and Nick Minter as well as ones narrated by Alice Lowe.