By Lawrence C. Rubin
Even if in video clips, cartoons, ads, or maybe quickly meals advertising and marketing, psychology and psychological disease stay pervasive in pop culture. during this selection of new essays, students from more than a few fields discover representations of psychological affliction and disabilities throughout a variety of media of pop culture. members handle how sorts of psychiatric sickness were addressed in movie, on degree, and in literature, how pop culture genres are applied to speak frequently complicated and conflicted relationships with the mentally ailing, and the way well known cultures worldwide mirror psychological ailment and incapacity. Analyses of resources as disparate because the Batman movies, Broadway musicals and Nigerian domestic video clips demonstrate how definitions of psychological affliction, psychological future health, and of psychology itself intersect with discourses on race, gender, legislation, capitalism, and globalization
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23 Although the ﬁlm has been has been well-received and many audience members and critics appear to believe that it presents a valuable lesson, does The King’s Speech present a heroic character who stutters or does the ﬁlm merely revive antiquated notions of weak characters who stutter? The Speaking King The King’s Speech focuses on the British king George VI, a stutterer who wants to speak more ﬂuently so that he can address his subjects via the radio. King George has battled his stuttering his entire life and has not been able to come to terms with his dysﬂuency.
West Hollywood, CA: Picturehouse Films, 2007. DVD. Schwarzbaum, Lisa. ” Entertainment Weekly online edition, December 30, 2010. Accessed December 31, 2010. html. Shell, Marc. Stutter. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005. , and Jennifer Blaise. ” People Magazine online edition, October 8, 2002. Accessed December 31, 2010. http://www. html. Yelp, Laurence. The Dragon’s Child. New York: HarperCollins, 2008. 2 Representations of Attention Deﬁcit Disorder Portrayals of Public Skepticism in Popular Media ELIZABETH S.
If one watches the ﬁlm closely though, it is clear that the king does not stop stuttering; he merely manages to learn to speak ﬂuently at times. In this way, the ﬁlm presents a hero who stutters, and not a clichéd character who needs to become ﬂuent before he can be heroic. Conclusion The inclusion of heroic characters who stutter in several popular culture venues showcases a new cultural understanding of stuttering and other people with physical and mental challenges. In the past, characters who stuttered were reduced to clichéd caricatures that were often used to draw laughs or sympathy, or to move the plot along.