INDIVIDUAL CASE STUDY PAPER
 

Compare the portrayal in a film with the same topic in a printed work and with documentary/text materials (especially the DSM-IV). In the paper describe scenes, portrayals or descriptions to illustrate points. Use quotes where illustrative but use them sparingly. The character chosen for analysis can be from biographical, case history or fiction but must not be one of those used in class.

Use the following questions to guide your discussion. Your discussion should be in narrative form
 
 

  1. What are the facts about the diagnosis being addressed as presented in your text?
  2. How did the book and the film portray the symptoms?
  3. How accurate were the book and the film in their portrayal of symptoms?
  4. How does the film compare in its portrayal to other films we have seen for the class with respect to accuracy?
  5. Where did the film differ from the book? Which was more accurate? What were the effects of the differences?
  6. What specific devices did the film use to create images and evoke emotional reactions in the audience?
  7. Which of the two (book or film) was more effective in telling the story? What were the reasons for this?
  8. What stereotypes of the mentally ill and/or of mental health treatment were supported? How was this done? Were they the same in the book & the film? Was one more favorable or more pronounced than the other?
  9. How did these works compare with the other films we have seen this term with respect to stereotypes?
  10. What were the dominant public attitudes and the professional theories about mental illness & about F mental health treatment at the time the book was supposed to have taken place.
  11. What were the dominant public attitudes and the professional theories about mental illness & about mental health treatment at the time the film was made?
  12. How did these cultural/theoretical biases affect both the book and the film?


TOPICS FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDY PAPER


FILM BOOK(S)
Frances Frances Farmer  Will There Really Be A Morning? 

William Arnold    Frances Farmer: Shadowland

Lolita (2 Versions) Vladimir Nabokov    Lolita
Now, Voyager Olive Higgins Prouty    Now, Voyager
The Manchurian Candidate Richard Condon    The Manchurian Candidate
Shine Margaret Helfgott & Tom Gross 
Out of Tune: David Helfgott & the Myth of Shine
David & Lisa (2 Versions) Theodore Rubin   David & Lisa
The Bad Seed (2 Versions) William March   The Bad Seed
Misery Stephen King     Misery
Silence of the Lambs & Manhunter Thomas Harris   Silence of the Lambs
Strangers on a Train Patricia Highsmith    Strangers on a Train
Compulsion (3 Versions) Meyer Levin     Compulsion
Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick     Clockwork Orange
The Caine Mutiny Herman Wouk   The Caine Mutiny
Ironweed William Kennedy   Ironweed
Man With the Golden Arm Nelson Algren    Man With the Golden Arm
The Betty Ford Story Betty Ford     The Times of My Life
Rain Man Leonore Fleischer    Rain Man
The Boston Strangler Gerald Frank    The Boston Strangler
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck     Of Mice & Men
Charlie Daniel Keyes     Flowers for Algernon
Catch - 22 Joseph Heller     Catch - 22
The Shining Stephen King      The Shining
Fear Strikes Out Jim Piersall & Al Hirshberg    Fear Strikes Out
Awakenings Oliver Sacks    Awakenings
Anatomy of a Murder Robert Traver     Anatomy of a Murder
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath -    The Bell Jar  ;   The Journals of Sylvia Plath 
Linda Wagner-Martin -    Sylvia Plath: A Biography
The Three Faces of Eve Thigpen & Cleckley    Three Faces of Eve 
Chris Sizemore     I'm Eve 
Chris Sizemore    A Mind of My Own
I'll Cry Tomorrow Lillian Roth    I'll Cry Tomorrow
An Angel At My Table Janet Frame   The Envoy From Mirror City: An Autobiography 
Janet Frame     An Angel At My Table 
Patrick Evans   Janet Frame
Rose Laura Joplin     Love, Janis (with her own letters) 
Myra Friedman    Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin
I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can Barbara Gordon    I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can
Call Me Anna Patty Duke    Call Me Anna
Patty Duke   A Brilliant Madness
My Left Foot Christy Brown   My Left Foot 
Shane Connaughton & Jim Sheridan 
My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown
Lady Sings the Blues Billie Holliday & William Duffy   Lady Sings the Blues 
Leslie Gourse 
Billie Holliday: The Tragedy & Triumph of Lady Day 
Ken Vail    Lady Day's Diary: The Life of Billie Holliday
Born on the Fourth of July Ron Kovic    Born on the Fourth of July
Butcher Boy Patrick McCabe   Butcher Boy
In Cold Blood Truman Capote   In Cold Blood

 

HISTORICAL REVIEW PAPER




Compare the written and film portrayals of a single topic or diagnosis over time. Select two films and one novel from each period (30's & 40's; 50's & 60's; 70's & 80's). Compare the portrayals with the information in the DSM IV.

In the paper describe scenes, portrayals or descriptions to illustrate points. Use quotes where illustrative but use them sparingly.

For each work used in this paper, provide the following information on a separate page at the beginning of the paper.
 

Use the following questions to guide your discussion. For each give specific examples.
 
 

  1. What is the overall image presented during each of the four periods?
  2. What is the history of professional opinion about the diagnosis being addressed as presented in the literature?
  3. Has the accuracy of book and film portrayals increased or decreased over time or has the emphasis changed?
  4. Have films changed in the types of specific devices used to create images and evoke emotional reactions in the audience about this topic or diagnosis?
  5. What stereotypes of the mentally ill and/or of mental health treatment were supported in each of the periods? How was this done?
  6. Have these stereotypes changed over time? In what ways? Are the current ones better or worse than the older ones?
  7. Do the films represent the dominant public attitudes and professional theories about mental illness & about mental health treatment of their time or were they out of sync (either ahead of or behind)? (Look at historical information about the period and about psychology during that period for comparison).

 
 

TOPICS AVAILABLE FOR HISTORICAL REVIEW PAPER