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Mental illness in popular culture

Author: Sharon Packer
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mental health professionals and advocates typically point a finger at pop culture for sensationalizing and stigmatizing mental illness, perpetuating stereotypes, and capitalizing on the increased anxiety that invariably follows mass shootings at schools, military bases, or workplaces; on public transportation; or at large public gatherings. While drugs or street gangs were once most often blamed for public violence,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon Packer
ISBN: 9781440843884 ) 1440843880 ((hbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC Number: 1111915355
Description: xxiv, 364 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I --
Cinema: the big screen : --
Psychoanalytic renditions and film noir traditions / Rosa J.H. Berland --
The meme of escaped (male) mental patients in American horror films / Jeffrey Bullins --
Filming hallucinations for A beautiful mind, Black swan, Spider, and Take shelter / Jocelyn Dupont --
Dissociative identity disorder in horror cinema (You D.I.D.n't see that coming) / Michael Markus --
Spirit possession, mental illness, and the movies, or what's gotten into you? / Sean Moreland --
Hitchcock: master of suspense and mental illness / Mark O'Hara --
McMurphy the trickster, Foucault, and One flew over the cuckoo's nest / Mark O'Hara --
"Nature played me a dirty trick": illness vs. tolerance in gay-themed film / Eric J. Sterling Part II --
Television: the small screen : --
Women's agency as madness: "The yellow wallpaper" to Penny Dreadful / Laura E. Colmenero-Chilberg --
Orange is the new color for mental illness / Mary L. Colavita, Kate Lieb, Alexis Briggie, Sonal Harneja, and Howard L. Forman --
Suffering soldiers and PTSD: from Saigon to Walton's Mountain / Haley Gienow-McConnell --
Mirth and mental illness: television comedy and the human condition / Kristi Rowan Humphreys --
Mentally ill mobsters: from Cagney's White heat to Scarface to Bugsy and Crazy Joe / Vincent LoBrutto --
How traditional holiday TV movies depict mental illness / Martin J. Manning --
Cotard's Syndrome in True detective, Alien invaders, zombies and pod people / W. Scott Poole --
House, Monk, Dexter, and Hannibal: "super-powered" mentally ill characters / Lisa Spieker Part III --
Novels, poetry, memoirs, and short stories : --
Sanity and perception in Philip K. Dick's Clans of the Alphane Moon / Aaron Barlow --
Medea, mothers, and madness: classical culture in popular culture / Daniel R. Fredrick --
Narratives in The snake pit, I never promised you a rose garden, and Girl, interrupted / Jessica N. Lee --
Edgar Allen Poe's unreliable narrators, or "madmen know nothing" / Caleb Puckett --
Lovecraft and "an open slice of howling fear" / Eric Sandberg Part IV --
Comics, art, graphic novels, and video games : --
Mind games: representations of madness in video games / Shawn Edrei --
Graphic narratives: Bechdel's Fun home and Forney's Marbles / Nicole Eugene --
The X-Men as metaphors: when gayness was illness / Marie Freeman Lifshutz --
Arkham Asylum's criminally insane inmates and psychotic psychiatrists / Sharon Packer --
Halfworld's loonies in Rocket Raccoon comics: serious or satire? / Sharon Packer --
Van Gogh and the changing perceptions of mental illness and art / E. Diedre Pribram --
From the Beats to Jean Michel-Basquiat: cultural madness and mad art / Morgan Shipley --
"Autists" and merchandising "autistic art" / Leni Van Goidsenhoven --
Slipping into Silent Hill: transnational trauma / Brenda S. Gardenour Walter Part V --
Music, musicians, and musical theater : --
Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, and Generation X's suicide symbol / Robert L. Bryant, Daniel Schwartz, and Howard L. Forman --
Metallica, heavy metal and "suicide music" / Adam W. Darlage and Paul "Hoagy" Burton
Responsibility: Sharon Packer, MD, editor

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Mental health professionals and advocates typically point a finger at pop culture for sensationalizing and stigmatizing mental illness, perpetuating stereotypes, and capitalizing on the increased anxiety that invariably follows mass shootings at schools, military bases, or workplaces; on public transportation; or at large public gatherings. While drugs or street gangs were once most often blamed for public violence, the upswing of psychotic perpetrators casts a harsher light on mental illness and commands media's attention. What aspects of popular culture could play a role in mental health across the nation? How accurate and influential are the various media representations of mental illness? Or are there unsung positive portrayals of mental illness? This standout work on the intersections of pop culture and mental illness brings informed perspectives and necessary context to the myriad topics within these important, timely, and controversial issues. Divided into five sections, the book covers movies; television; popular literature, encompassing novels, poetry, and memoirs; the visual arts, such as fine art, video games, comics, and graphic novels; and popular music, addressing lyrics and musicians' lives. Some of the essays reference multiple media, such as a filmic adaptation of a memoir or a video game adaptation of a story or characters that were originally in comics." -- Publisher's description

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"[A]n interesting new account of mental illness and its multitude of representations in popular culture. . . . The book will prove useful for more advanced students, faculty, or other individuals Read more...

 
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