Study in Hysteria with Kathleen Collins

About the Event

Join Kathleen Collins for an in-person reading of her debut novel, Study in Hysteria.

About the Book

In the middle of 1974, Flora is privileged and middle-aged in a liberation-hued America, and feels both compelled by and left out of the women’s movement. She finds it difficult to activate her limited supply of empathy as she contends with a clandestine and unlikely friendship, a worrisome health scare, a domineering and philandering psychiatrist husband or her own distant daughter.

Flora's secret foray into psychotherapy does nothing to halt the sense that there is a better life for her somewhere else, in some parallel existence. Through the continuum of psychological diagnoses, she is lost in the murky place between contentment and discontentment, normal and abnormal.

Is her state of mind a clinical, diagnosable condition, or common malaise? Perhaps she'll find out if she stops resisting to share herself with those who love her.

About the Author

Kathleen Collins is a librarian at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Her work has appeared in such outlets as the Journal of Popular Film & Television, Critical Studies in Television, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies. She produces and co-hosts a podcast called Indoor Voices. Study in Hysteria is her first novel.

Event date: 
Friday, February 23, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
215 N. Cayuga Street
Dewitt Mall
Ithaca, NY 14850