Category Archives: PSYCHIATRY

Psychiatry is a medical specialty focused on the human brain. Psychiatrists diagnose and treat patients exhibiting either brain dysfunction or brain functional differences, i.e., human behavioral or mental patterns that are abnormal, or simply different from norms. Under this category, we look at how psychiatrists and their patients are portrayed in film.

A Woman under the Influence: A Flannery O’Connor Redemption Story?

It would be interesting to know if John Cassavetes read Flannery O’Connor’s short stories. His film, A Woman under the Influence (1975), would be right up her alley. For those not familiar with the famous American writer, she wrote quirky short stories about simple country folk. Perhaps the most famous is “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (O’Connor, 1983), a short story that is the subject of numerous essays and articles that are longer than the story itself (e.g., Curtin, 2015; Fassler, 2013). A hallmark of Flannery O’Connor’s stories is redemption. Readers initially perceive certain characters to be crazy or bad until an unexpected moment of divine intervention Continue reading A Woman under the Influence: A Flannery O’Connor Redemption Story?