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Girl, Interrupted: Introduction
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Girl, Interrupted: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Girl, Interrupted: Themes
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Girl, Interrupted: Characters
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Brief Biography of Susanna Kaysen
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- Full Title: Girl, Interrupted
- When Written: Early 1990s
- When Published: 1993
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Memoir; nonfiction; mental health biography
- Setting: The McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts
- Climax: Shortly after beginning to undergo psychoanalysis as part of her treatment at McLean, on a snowy day, Susanna is taken by a nurse through a series of interconnected tunnels which run throughout the hospital as a means of getting to her session while avoiding the falling snow. Susanna realizes that just as everything in the hospital where she has been living for almost two years is secretly connected, so too are the disjointed but potential-filled facets of her mind.
- Antagonist: McLean Hospital; doctors; orderlies; the mind itself
- Point of View: First-person (Susanna)
Extra Credit for Girl, Interrupted
Screen Time. Kaysen’s memoir was adapted, in 1999, into a psychological drama, also called Girl, Interrupted, which starred Winona Ryder, Angelia Jolie, Brittany Murphy, and Whoopi Goldberg. Ryder worked as an executive producer on the film, and spent nearly seven years translating the story from the page to the screen. Though the film received mixed reviews, Jolie’s performance as the unforgettable self-proclaimed sociopath Lisa Rowe garnered the actress critical acclaim and three major awards for her supporting role: the Academy Award, the Golden Globe Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award.