ERIC Number: ED213055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Interpersonal Communication through Novels, Plays, and Films.
Jensen, Marvin D.
Intended for use by instructors of college level interpersonal communication courses, this paper offers examples of theoretical concepts of interpersonal communication that can be illustrated through literature and popular film. The first part of the paper discusses the criteria on which the selection of novels, plays, and films for the study of human interaction should be based. It then applies Abraham Maslow's five characteristics of the self-actualized person to the central character in the novel "A Separate Peace." The third part of the paper examines the theories of C. Hampden-Turner and V. Frankl as they are illustrated in the writing of author Willa Cather, while the fourth part applies the theories of psychiatrist R. D. Laing to the play "Equus." The fifth part discusses psychiatrist Thomas Szasz's theories as they are explored in the play "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" and applies the rational-emotive process described by Albert Ellis to the behavior in the novel and film "Ordinary People." The final section of the paper examines the film "Midnight Express" as being of little value in the study of human relationships, because it distorts the reality portrayed in the original book. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Interpersonal Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Conference on Culture and Communication (Philadelphia, PA, April 1981).