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Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Masculinity, Trauma, Mental Illness, and the Power of Laughter

Matt Klauza
Video Catch-up

Course Description

The film version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time, winning the “big five” academy awards. However, there is much more beyond what appeared on the big screen. The novel on which the film was based addresses much deeper themes of masculinity, trauma, mental illness, and the ability of laughter to cope with it all. This lecture explores the role of author Ken Kesey’s life, his use of LSD, his presence within the “counter culture,” and their effects on the themes in the novel. Visual PowerPoint will be used to enhance the lecture.

About the Instructor

  • Matt Klauza, PhD is the English Department Chair at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth as well as an English and Literature professor there. He has presented on literary topics literally across the country (from New Orleans to Michigan, and from Philadelphia to San Francisco and several places in between). Dr. Klauza is a two-time Mark Twain Research Fellowship winner with the Center for Mark Twain Studies in New York, and he has lived for several weeks as scholar-in-residence in Mark Twain's summer home while working hands-on with Twain's manuscripts and typescripts. He earned his doctorate in American Literature from Auburn University in Alabama.

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