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Looking back to see ahead: Reassessing The Snake Pit for its gothic codes and significance

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Margaret Mcallister, Donna Brien
While the linking of mental illness and the gothic is prevalent and persistent in the popular imagination, little sustained investigation has interrogated prominent examples of this co-relation and the typographies which can be drawn from such a consideration. In this context, we dissect The Snake Pit (1948) in order to investigate how the gothic operates in this classic and influential film, the filmic techniques used to establish and develop gothic elements and how mental illness is used to illuminate both aspects of societies in disarray and the cultural anxieties around this. In the process we will demonstrate the power of popular culture to not only describe, portray and define mental illness but also to illuminate the human condition and act as a powerful catalysing agent for change.

History

Start Page

84

End Page

94

Number of Pages

11

Start Date

01/01/2015

Finish Date

01/01/2015

ISBN-13

9780473345785

Location

Wellington, New Zealand

Publisher

Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ)

Place of Publication

Wellington

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Not affiliated to a Research Institute; School of Nursing and Midwifery (2013- );

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand. Conference

Exports

CQUniversity

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