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The American mental institution, a history through pop culture
Troy Rondinone Ph.D.
A new movie about a classic comic villain re-introduces us to an old, frightful place. What is it about Arkham Asylum that fascinates us?
"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" and "It: Chapter Two" continue the tradition of scaring us with mental hospitals.
How long have we feared the escaped psychopath? Longer than you might expect.
In her influential book, The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan positioned Sigmund Freud as the ghostly master of the new asylum, the suburban home.
How long have mental hospitals been viewed as places of terror? American history shows that it goes back to the beginning.
When we think about mental institutions, are we thinking about real places? Or do we take our cues from movies?
Troy Rondinone, Ph.D., a professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University, is the author of Nightmare Factories: The Asylum in the American Imagination.