How has Hollywood's depiction of mental health issues in film changed since the 1940s?

Kadhim, Eaman (2015) How has Hollywood's depiction of mental health issues in film changed since the 1940s? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study was designed to ascertain how much the representation of mental illness in Hollywood has changed from the early 1940s all the way up to the late 1990s, and the reasons behind these changes. Using both primary and secondary research including textual analysis and the use of academic books, journals and websites, this dissertation aims to examine the differences between portrayals of the mental patients themselves, in addition to the institutions in which they are housed. Over the course of the dissertation, it has emerged that the films I have used as case studies for my investigation; Now, Voyager (1942), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and Girl, Interrupted (1999), have not necessarily followed a linear progression in terms of sympathy and awareness towards mental illness in Hollywood, as was first theorised. They have instead been hugely impacted by the social and historical contexts of the time periods in which they were made, which have had noticeable effects on the character representations, the editing and composition of the films, and even the general narrative.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2016 14:43
    Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 14:43
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22714

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