Mental Illness in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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This title offers an in-depth examination of colonialism as presented in Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart, as well as contemporary perspectives on this issue. Discussions include the use of language to convey status and power, the clash of Igbo and European cultures, the loss of personal identity, and the different faces of neo-colonialism.

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Overview

This title offers an in-depth examination of colonialism as presented in Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart, as well as contemporary perspectives on this issue. Discussions include the use of language to convey status and power, the clash of Igbo and European cultures, the loss of personal identity, and the different faces of neo-colonialism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737750195
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 7/16/2010
  • Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
  • Pages: 218
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chronology 15

Chapter 1 Background on Ken Kesey

1 The Life of Ken Kesey Stephen L. Tanner Laura M. Zaidman 21

2 Kesey Clarifies the Role Drugs Played in the Creation of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest Robert Faggen Ken Kesey 31

3 Kesey Was the Seminal Author of the Psychedelic Era Christopher Lehmann-Haupt 43

4 Defying Terror Was a Kesey Hallmark Douglas Brinkley 51

Chapter 2 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Mental Illness

1 Kesey's Realistic View of the World of the Insane Janet R. Sutherland 57

2 McMurphy Helps Chief Bromden Regain His Sanity Barry H. Leeds 64

3 The Patients in Cuckoo's Nest Regain Their Manhood by Banding Together Terence Martin 75

4 McMurphy Is a Psychopath, Not a Hero Robert Forrey 86

5 Chief Bromden Conquers His Fears and Becomes a Hero Annette Benert 96

6 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest Questions the Meaning of Sanity Ellen Herrenkohl 107

7 The Insane Are More Rational than the Sane Barbara Tepa Lupack 114

8 Kesey Creates an Oedipal Triangle in Cuckoo's Nest Ruth Sullivan 130

9 Mixed Ethnicity and Gender Issues Present Challenges to Manhood Robert P. Waxler 143

10 Kesey Critiques a Society That Uses Fear and Conformity to Emasculate Men Michael Meloy 154

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on Mental Illness

1 People with Severe Mental Illness Can Live Productively in Society Kate Sheppard 167

2 Psychosurgery Raises Ethical Issues Lauren Slater 177

3 Brain Surgeries Banned Elsewhere Are Performed in China Nicholas Zamiska 190

4 Electroshock Therapy Can Help Cure Depression Mind, Mood & Memory 199

For Further Discussion 203

For Further Reading 204

Bibliography 205

Index 210

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