Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Psychiatry on page and screen

It's a bumper month for those interested in the representation of mental health (or mental illness). First, Sebastian Faulk's new book, Human Traces, deals in depth with psychoanalysis. Some commentators say too much depth, but that's unlikely to bother those of us who are interested in the literary inscription of all things medical.

Then there's the adaptation for cinema of Patrick McGrath's novel, Asylum. The book was highly acclaimed, but the film has received mixed reviews. For anyone interested in the book, there is a rather nice set of discussion questions on it here.

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