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Hysteria!

Narrated by: Alice Lowe
Length: 3 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (268 ratings)

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Summary

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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Critic reviews

"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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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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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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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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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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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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interesting

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

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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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Very good

Traces the history of hysteria but perhaps more importantly looks at the potential for mass hysteria through the influence of social media today.
Entertaining and informative.

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Fun and interesting

This was lightweight but funny and interesting. I liked the relaxed format between presenter and producer and really liked that it was made by women.

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Worth a listen.

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

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