This paper considers the function of art as a healing power in Vizzini's It's Kind of A Funny Story. It examines the problem of male adolescent depression, especially considering Foucault's theory of the negative powers of the panopticon. It then turns to the study of art therapy, concluding that the act of creation can enable an individual to escape from the pressures of an panoptic society.
adolescent depression, art therapy, Foucault, panoptic, art as healing
McClain, Catherine L., "Completing the Construction: Art as Therapy in Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of A Funny Story" (2015). English Seminar Capstone Research Papers. 32.
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