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By Frances Pheasant-Kelly

ISBN-10: 0857733672

ISBN-13: 9780857733672

American cinema abounds with movies set in prisons, asylums, hospitals and different associations. instead of orderly locations of restoration and rehabilitation, those institutional settings come to be abject areas of keep watch over and repression within which grownup identification is threatened as a story impetus. Exploring the abject via matters as varied as racism, psychological ailment or the maintenance of our bodies for organ donation, this ebook analyses a number motion pictures together with 'The Shawshank Redemption' (1994), 'Full steel Jacket' (1987) and 'Girl, Interrupted' (1999) via to cult movies comparable to 'Carrie' (1976) and 'Bubba Ho-tep' (2002). by way of analysing scenes of horror and disgust in the context of abject house, Frances Pheasant-Kelly unearths how threats to identification happen in scenes of torture, horror and psychosexual repression and are resolved both notwithstanding dying or via disturbing re-entry into the surface global. This readable and fascinating travel of the abject within the establishment film...

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Indeed, he becomes a father figure to the other patients and encourages them to engage in experiences that develop their masculine egos. McMurphy is not merely the good father but becomes almost a Christ-like figure, helping the patients overcome their various social inadequacies. Although Ratched’s efforts to control McMurphy and repress his sexuality repeatedly fail, she still exerts a strong influence over the other patients, particularly Billy Bibbitt. The repression that the patients undergo leads inevitably to points of rupture; either they escape from the institution or are given to irrational, temperamental outbursts or, more significantly, murderous or suicidal actions.

In addition, my thanks go to the University of Wolverhampton for its extensive support. In particular, I wish to thank my Film Studies’ colleagues, Eleanor Andrews, Stella Hockenhull, Ken Page, and Pritpal Sembi for their helpful advice. Thanks also go to Michael Kelly for his support and to Lance Hanson and Scott Martin for their valuable insights. I am particularly grateful to Jason and Selina Cohen for their invaluable editing assistance. Tauris, especially Maria Marsh. List of Figures Figure 1 Coma (Michael Crichton, 1978) © Turner Entertainment Co.

All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations in a review, this book, or any part thereof, may not be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher. International Library of Cultural Studies 18 ISBN: 978 1 84885 597 7 eISBN: 978 0 85773 367 2 A full CIP record for this book is available from the British Library A full CIP record for this book is available from the Library of Congress Library of Congress catalog card: available Camera-ready copy edited and supplied by Oxford Publishing Services, Oxford Contents Acronyms and Abbreviations Acknowledgements List of Figures Introduction: Institutions, Abjection and Subjectivity PART I BECOMING A MAN/WOMAN: SPACES OF TRAINING 1.

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