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In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele—Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles—as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary. Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a "parallel universe" set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Susanna Kaysen
Publisher: Vintage
Release: 2013-06-19
File: 192 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780804151115

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Seminar paper from the year 2002 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3 (A), Technical University of Braunschweig (English Seminar), course: HS Film and Literature, 3 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: "You spent nearly two years in a loony bin! Why in the world were you there? I can't believe it!' Translation: If you're crazy, then I'm crazy, and I'm not, so the whole thing must have been a mistake (125)." How do we know whether someone is insane or sane? Susanna Kaysen's account Girl, Interrupted is told to us through the eyes of a girl who is diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder- can we believe the things she is telling us, or are her memories distorted by her mental illness? The unreliability of the first-person-narrator is not only a question when dealing with the book, but it is also an interesting aspect to consider when taking a closer look at the cinematic version of Girl, Interrupted. In order to analyze how Kaysen's literary work was adapted, I will first shortly introduce the book and the movie. Then I will compare the two works with regard to narrative perspective, plot and time frame, characters, and cultural background.

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Author: Nadine Klemens
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Release: 2007-08-24
File: 36 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783638746601

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The author offers a compelling memoir of her two years as a teenager in a psychiatric hospital, sharing vivid portraits of her fellow patients, their keepers, and her experiences during treatment

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Susanna Kaysen
Publisher:
Release: 2008-10-04
File: 168 Pages
ISBN-13: 1439558078

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Susanna Kaysen, who wrote about her teenage depression in the bestseller Girl, Interrupted, now takes on another taboo: her vagina–which suddenly and inexplicably starts to hurt. And neither Kaysen’s cheery gynecologist, nor her internist, nor a laconic “vulvologist” has the cure. An alternative health nurse suggests direct application of tea, baking soda, and boric acid. Others recommend novocaine, oatmeal, “bio-feedback,” and anti-depressants. Nothing works. As sex becomes more and more painful, Kaysen’s relationship with her boyfriend disintegrates and she turns to her best friends, her wicked sense of humor, and finally wry self-reflection to get herself through. Using this unusual lens, Kaysen challenges us to think in new ways about the centrality and power of sexuality. The Camera My Mother Gave Me is an unexpected and revelatory book from one of our most candid, insightful and consistently surprising writers. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Susanna Kaysen
Publisher: Vintage
Release: 2001-12-11
File: 176 Pages
ISBN-13: 037541424X

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Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2, University of Innsbruck (Institut fur Amerikastudien), course: On the Edge of Sanity: Mental Illness and Disordered Behavior in American Literature, language: English, abstract: In her autobiographical novel Girl, Interrupted Susanna Kaysen deals with the probably most difficult and influential period in her life. At the end of the 1960s, when she was eighteen, she was committed to a mental institution after a half-hearted suicide attempt and diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. She spent two years at McLean, where also famous persons like Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Robert Lowell and Ray Charles have been in treatment. This paper will be trying to point out the difficulties with which people, especially women, were confronted in the 1960s, when they were different in some way and how this could result in being caught in a kind of parallel universe or, even worse, being stuck in between two worlds and not knowing were they belong."

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Author: Theresa Rass
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Release: 2009-12-14
File: 32 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783640493012

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Nora Ephron and Allie Brosh fans take note: Alisa Jones' memoir Gotham Girl Interrupted is a smart stand-up comedy about the power of falling down. "Get to your safe spaces, people. Here comes the shimmer..." From irreverent NYC blogger Alisa Kennedy Jones comes an account of her "misadventures in motherhood, love, and epilepsy" that James Patterson calls "smart, harrowing, heart-warming, and very funny." What do Da Vinci, Agatha Christie, and blogger Alisa Kennedy Jones have in common? If you said "timeless artistic genius", stop sucking up--the answer is ecstatic epilepsy. In this hilarious and moving dispatch from the frontlines of neurodiversity, Jones chronicles life with these terrifying-yet-beautiful grand mal seizures. Characteristic of Jones's condition are attacks which leave her with what Zen Buddhists sometimes refer to as a "beginner's mind": a vast, open expanse of headspace, coupled with a creative euphoria. With bracing candor and humility, Jones describes living with chronic illness, single motherhood, and her day-to-day life as a hapless writer in NYC. Above all, Jones reminds us to fight the battle for becoming who we are supposed to be--no matter how much flopping around on the ground and wetting ourselves we have to do to get there.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Alisa Kennedy Jones
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Release: 2018-11-06
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781632892171

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Reproduction of the original: Waihoura, the Maori Girl by W.H.G Kingston

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Genre: Fiction
Author: W.H.G Kingston
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Release: 2020-07-31
File: 80 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783752380316

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Strange Heaven is tearfully hilarious, as funny and appalling as real life. Bridget Murphy, almost 18, has gone to Halifax from industrial Cape Breton, had her baby, and given it up for adoption. She's apathetic, the doctors decide, so they transfer her to the psych ward of the children's hospital. There, she's cooped up with five seriously disturbed teenagers and a flock of wan children. Sent home for Christmas, Bridget faces domestic uproar. Her grandmother, Margaret P., raves and prays from her bed, banging the wall with her bedpan. Bridget's kind-hearted parents, Robert and Joan, also take care of Robert's mentally handicapped brother, Rollie. Joan's efforts to keep the lid on are no match for Robert's wild profanity, Margaret's dementia, and Rollie's efforts to join the fray. Bridget's boozy friends, her whining ex-boyfriend, and the family chaos make up a "strange heaven" in which her apathy starts to lift. Her vague plan to hibernate at home forever is off. Whatever she does, her drifting days are over.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Lynn Coady
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
Release: 1998
File: 198 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015048537578

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Diamond was beautiful, intelligent, and born into what seemed like hell on Earth. Her upbringing was shameful and painful, but her future was somehow very bright. She graduated at the top of her class with a full-ride scholarship to one of the most prestigious colleges in the country. Around the same time, she was presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to follow her dream of pursuing a singing career. Which left her with a hard decision to make between the two amazing opportunities in a short period of time.In the midst of it all, Diamond was swept off her feet by a rich and powerful man named Andrew Michaels. Unbeknownst to her by dating him she had opened Pandora's box and unleashed a skeleton from her mother's shady past. A skeleton that threatened her and Andrew's future together. After lies started to unfold from everyone around her, Diamond didn't know who she could trust. Which caused her fairytale ending to start to unravel right along with her sanity.

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Author: Shey Marie
Publisher:
Release: 2020-09-10
File: 228 Pages
ISBN-13: 9798683559359

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It all started with two youngsters. The one wanted the girl; the girl didnt wanted him. He pursued her so bad I believe she gave up. Im talking about my parents. I guess it must have been like that. There's so little information I have. I know they were living together, and then she thought that was not for her. And boom, thats when she realized she was pregnant with me and she stuck around. The rest is just my part of the storythe part I lived and I remember, which is painful with a lot of sorrow to get me to the place I am now, the place I shouldnt be though it is where I am forever.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Mary Ann Watson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release: 2017-09-05
File: 84 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781543448832

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