Demons of the Mind: Psychiatry and Cinema in the Long-1960s

Tim Snelson, William R. Macauley, David A. Kirby

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In the 1960s, psychiatrists and psychologists intervened in and influenced cinema culture in unprecedented ways, changing how films were produced, censored, exhibited and received by audiences. Drawing upon extensive archival research undertaken during our AHRC-funded project, Demons of the Mind, this monograph provides the first interdisciplinary account of the complex contestations and cross-pollinations of the ‘psy’ sciences and cinema in Britain and America during the defining ‘long Sixties’ period of the late-1950s to early-1970s (Marwick 2005). This interdisciplinary book incorporates expertise from film studies, history of science and medicine, and science communication, and will be of interest to scholars and students working across these fields. The originality of this book is not solely its interdisciplinarity, but its interest not predominantly in representation, the focus of other books on cinema and the psy professions (Halliwell 2013; DeAngelis 2018), but in its emphasis on the concrete interactions between ideas and actors within the fields of mental health and media.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages222
ISBN (Print)9781474486439
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2024

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