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

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

by Dedria Bryfonski


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ISBN-13: 9780737750195
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 07/16/2010
Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

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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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