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Nightmare factories : the asylum in the American imagination

Author: Troy Rondinone
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland Johns Hopkins University Press 2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Madhouse, funny farm, psychiatric hospital, loony bin, nuthouse, mental institution: no matter what you call it, the asylum has a powerful hold on the American imagination. Stark and foreboding, they symbolize mistreatment, fear, and imprisonment, standing as castles of despair and tyranny across the countryside. In the "asylum" of American fiction and film, treatments are torture, attendants are thugs, and  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Troy Rondinone
ISBN: 9781421432670 1421432676
OCLC Number: 1124791440
Description: 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Chapter 1. The Enchanter's Castle Chapter 2: Woman in White, Angel in Black Chapter 3: Monsters of the Asylum Chapter 4: Freudian Rescues Chapter 5: The Dawning Age of Paranoia Chapter 6: They're Coming to Take You Away Chapter 7: The Asylum Next Door Chapter 8: Asylums Don't Work Chapter 9: Breakout Chapter 10: Standardization Chapter 11: Return of the Gothic Epilogue: Real Horrors NotesInde0
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Drawing from fictional and real accounts, movies, personal interviews, and tours of mental hospitals both active and defunct, Rondinone uncovers a story at once familiar and bizarre, where reality  Read more...


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