Crazy women of Hollywood: representations and treatments of the female mental patient in US cinema

Seely, L. (2016) Crazy women of Hollywood: representations and treatments of the female mental patient in US cinema. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The topic of choice for this dissertation is the representation and treatment of incarcerated female patients with mental health issues in US cinema. It is split into three chapters, each discussing a key text and genre which are; Girl, Interrupted and drama, Gothika and horror, and Sucker Punch and fantasy action. Each film has been explored as to how women suffering from mental illness are represented as well as how the treatment of the characters is portrayed. Feminism is a key area of discussion throughout and feminist theory has been applied to each film to argue whether the portrayal of the women in them create a feminist or anti-feminist text and how it has been done. This dissertation has also focussed on the area of psychiatry which leads to the ideas that mental illness and mental health may be a term that has been constructed by psychiatrists to create an idealised and normalised way that we are suggested to present ourselves in society.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 15:18
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 15:18
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22670

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