Cinema of the Monstrous: Disability and “Eye-Feel”

Mark O’Hara


This paper explores the role of embodied visuality in the formation of stigma toward representations of mental illness in Hollywood movies. Including Foucauldian theory and perspectives from the disciplines of disability studies and media literacy, this paper advocates for the use of curricular materials that may offset monstrous and otherizing portrayals of persons with psychiatric disablilities.


Disability studies, Critical media literacy, Foucault, Embodied visuality

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