Mental Illness in Popular Media: Essays on the Representation of Disorders

Mental Illness in Popular Media: Essays on the Representation of Disorders

by Lawrence C. Rubin (Editor)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786460656
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 307
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lawrence C. Rubin is a professor of counselor education at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, and a practicing psychologist. He lives in Fort Lauderdale.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword Jonathan M. Metzl 1

Introduction Lawrence C. Rubin 5

Section 1 Mental Illness Depicted in Popular Culture

1 The Hero with a Thousand Dysfluencies: The Changing Portrayals of People Who Stutter Jeffrey K. Johnson 9

2 Representations of Attention Deficit Disorder: Portrayals of Public Skepticism in Popular Media Elizabeth S. England Kennedy 25

3 Smooth Operator: The Compensated Psychopath in Cinema Debra Merskin 44

4 The Most Dangerous Deviants in America: Why the Disabled Are Depicted as Deranged Killers Shawn M. Phillips 64

5 OffTheir Rockers: Representation of Postpartum Depression Laura Tropp 77

6 Lesbianism and the Fourth Dimension: The Psychotic Lesbian Julian Vigo 92

7 "The Veteran Problem": Examining Contemporary Constructions of Returning Veterans Alena Papayanis 111

Section 2 Popular Culture Genres and Mental Illness

8 Musical Storm and Mental Stress: Trauma and Instability in Contemporary American Musical Theater Esther Terry 130

9 Bad Girls: From Eve to Britney Wanda Little Fenimore 146

10 Evolving Stages: Representations of Mental Illness in Contemporary American Theater Sarah J. Rudolph 165

11 New Media as a Powerful Ally in the Representation of Mental Illness: You Tube, Resistance and Change Katie Ellis 184

12 On the Wings of Icarus: Exploring the Flawed Superhero Lawrence C. Rubin 202

Section 3 Mental Illness and Popular Culture Abroad

13 The Aesthetics of Mad Spaces: Policing the Public Image of Graffiti and Mental Illness in Canada Kimberley White 218

14 Beyond Beyond Reason: Images of People with Mental Disabilities in Australian Film Since the 1970s Philippa Martyr 238

15 Representing "Tradition," Confusing "Modernity": Love and Mental Illness in Yoruba Nigerian Video Films Saheed Aderinto 256

16 Refraining Mental Health and Illness: Perspectives from the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Lee Knifton 270

Afterword 288

About the Contributors 291

Index 295

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