May 2017 Non-fiction Reaktion Books

Psyche on the Skin: A History of Self-Harm Sarah Chaney


Hardback | May 2017 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781780237503 | 320pp | 234x156mm | Stocked item (a few) | RFB | AUD$49.99, NZD$59.99

Psyche on the Skin charts the secret history of self-harm from the 1860s to the present day. The book describes its many forms; from sexual self-mutilation and hysterical malingering in the late Victorian period, to self-marking religious sects, to self-mutilation and self-destruction in art, music and popular culture.

Drawing on her personal experiences, and written in an engaging style and containing many powerful images, Psyche on the Skin challenges the misconceptions and controversies surrounding self-harm. The book is crucial reading for professionals in the field as well as all those affected by this emotive, challenging act.