Adventures in Digital History

People Like Ourselves: Portrayals of Mental Illness in the Movies

While doing some research for the short essay earlier this week to see if I could find some scholarly sources on the portrayal of mental health in M*A*S*H, I stumbled across People Like Ourselves: Portrayals of Mental Illness in the Movies (2003)by Jacqueline Noll Zimmerman, which appears to cover a wide range of books, movies, and television shows that portray mental health. She appears to cover a lot of topics, including the price of conformity, the denial of reality, Hitchcock’s interpretations, women with mental illness, divine madness, war, and general violence. She looks at all these different genres and critiques how mental illness is portrayed. While she does not cover M*A*S*H, I’m still interested in many of the movies and shows she does mention, particularly the war genre, since that’s the area I’m most interested in. I think I’ll be looking into a copy of this to read sometime in the future, even if she doesn’t cover the show I was originally looking for.

Jacqueline Noll Zimmerman. People like Ourselves : Portrayals of Mental Illness in the Movies. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow, 2004.

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