What do you see as a crucial change in the adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs from book to film?
Last time, we just started to think about the ways in which Lecter offers us a particular imagining of the Psychiatrist born, in part, from the anti-psychiatry movement of the 60s and 70s. Chilton also offers a portrait of the professionally trained therapist. How would you say one or both of these doctors presents the profession to readers of the novel?
We’ll talk, of course, about Hannibal Lecter and the asylum he inhabits, but how would you characterize the world outside of the asylum in 1986 as Harris portrays it? Name and describe one or two of the most salient features (emotional, physical, or cultural) that seem to define life in this fictional world. Where’s the passage where this feature came into view?
What do you see as a crucial change in the adaptation of Girl, Interruptedfrom book to film?
Though not initially aimed at teenagers, a massive “young adult” audience, among other readers, turned Girl, Interrupted into a monumental bestseller. What are some of the central features of adolescence in American culture? How do you think the book understands this period in life? Is the young Kaysen pathological, unusual, typical or something else entirely?
What do you see as a crucial change in the adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest from book to film?
How do you think Bromden’s narration shapes Cuckoo’s Nest? What is he apt to see? To ignore? What impacts his vision?
Where do you find Bly’s single most stinging critique of the Blackwell’s Island asylum? Why do you think that particular passage is more pointed or troubling than others?
According to David Rothman, what are one or two of the most important forces bringing the insane asylum into existence in nineteenth-century America?