I’m revising my second revision “Jimmy and His Mom.” My argument is basically the same as it was in the revision, that we can use the psychology behind Jimmy’s character to understand just about every scene in the book. The trouble I have is making that truly important to my audience. I know why it is important to me, because I suffer from some of the same psychological conditions. However, that doesn’t make it important to my readers. I need to piece all of this together in such a way that my audience will be interested in perhaps reading the entire novel again or that they may better understand a part of the novel. I could always push it further into social norms since the divorce rate is still climbing and is at just about 50% now I think. That means that more and more children could be dealing with these circumstances growing up and in fact, some of my classmates may have already experienced them.
I think what ultimately makes my argument interesting is how I use the background research to analyze various scenes in the novel. Of chief importance: I hope to offer an interpretation of Superman as a hero/father figure and foe/victim of violence and retribution.
I’m sure a counterargument could be launched by someone with better understanding of psychology, but to my knowledge, personality disorders are some of the hardest things to pin down and “define” into such a box that one diagnosis will always hold. In fact, some Psychologists do not recognize certain personality disorders and treat them as just another difference in normal personalities. In addition, I’m trying to relate this to Chris Ware and how he views the psychology of his character and himself. Ware has a degree in the arts, not psychology.
I’m not happy with my section on Peggy so I really hope the additional research will help me to analyze that scene better and if it doesn’t, then I will likely scrap that section. I would like to use the background and research paragraphs to once again explain scenes in the book but I intend to add interpretations, based on the research, to existing paragraphs where it fits and add other scenes to better illustrate the new points. I chose the scenes in the revision to be specifically focused on the duality of his relationship with his mother, now I’m adding other things into the lens of interpretation. That also means that I will have to revise my “transition” paragraph thoroughly to further explain Jimmy as a walking contradiction.
"Schizoid Personality Disorder." Psychological Care and Healing Treatment Center. Web. 16 Nov 2013. <http://www.pchtreatment.com/schizoid-personality-disorder-clinic/>.
I am still trying to get to the bottom of the psychology present in Jimmy Corrigan. I’ve already started with the Oedipus complex but it doesn’t necessarily explain everything so I’m exploring other theories. Schizoid Personality Disorder is not to be confused with Schizophrenia though there are similarities. SPD suffers are withdrawn, prefer to be alone, have inconsistent social interactions, and often engage in fantasy worlds.
Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-IV-TR. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2000. eBook.
I’m not sure that I am qualified to play psychiatrist for a fictional character, but I’m going to try anyway. I am seeing a mix of Schizoid Personality Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder mixed with the Oedipus complex already discussed at length in the revision.
Livesley, W J. The DSM-IV personality disorders. New York: Guilford Press, 1995. Print.
This one has a chapter (Chapter 10) all about Avoidant Personality Disorder and (Chapter 7) about Borderline Personality Disorder. APD really describes Jimmy’s fear of criticism and rejection.
Richmond, Raymond, PhD. "Borderline Personality Disorder." A guide to psychology and its practice. Web. 16 Nov 2013. <http://www.guidetopsychology.com/bpd.htm>.
A “pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity.” Jimmy is anything but impulsive but the rest of this fits, though seemingly not as well as APD/SPD.
Ramos, Mario. "The Effects of Single Parent Dating on Children." Global Post. Demand Media. Web. 16 Nov 2013. <http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/effects-single-parent-dating-children-4570.html>.
I’m trying to move beyond just the Oedipus complex since that doesn’t necessarily consider the string of men Jimmy’s mother has over. It’s actually pretty hard to find information on these effects so it may be hard to extend normal relationships to what Jimmy’s mom has.
Not only is this publication outstanding at times, this issue contains an excellent interview with Chris Ware. Through interviews like this one, I hope to get an idea of Chris Ware’s mentality. In this article are themes of self-deprecation and suicide.
Edemariam, Aida. "The art of melancholy." theguardian. 30 Oct 2005. Web. 16 Nov 2013. <http://www.theguardian.com/books/2005/oct/31/comics>.
Another interview with Ware and also contains the theme of self-deprecation. I am actually beginning to wonder, since Ware’s relationship with his mother was not what he describes Jimmy’s to be, if he didn’t try to invent a past that would better explain his own psychology.
Britton, Ronald, Michael Feldman, and Edna Shaughnessy. The Oedipus complex today clinical implications. London: Karnac Books, 1989. eBook.
This is one of my original sources and I need to read it more thoroughly. I pulled the point that recognizing a parent’s sexuality can cause problems if it isn’t tolerated, but what exactly happens if it isn’t tolerated?