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Collective Trauma and the Psychology of Secrets in Transnational Film

1st Edition

By Deborah Lynn Porter


248 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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Collective Trauma and the Psychology of Secrets in Transnational Film advances a methodological line of inquiry based on a fresh insight into the ways in which cinematic meaning is generated and can be ascertained. Premised on a critical reading strategy informed by a metapsychology of secrets, the book features analyses of internationally acclaimed films—Guillermo del Torro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s The Return, Jee-woonKim’s A Tale of Two Sisters, and Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others. It demonstrates how a rethinking of the figure of the secret in national film yields a new vantage point for examining heretofore unrecognized connections between collective historical experience, cinematic production and a transnational aesthetic of concealment and hiding.

Table of Contents


1. New Psychoanalytical Tools for Historical Inquiry

2. Haunted Inheritance: Fantasy as Phantom in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth

3. Uncanny Reunions as Metapsychoanalytical Trope in Andrey Zvagintsev’s The Return

4. Imperial Legacy, Aborted Mourning and the Meaning of Horror in Kim Jee-Woon’s A Tale of Two Sisters

5. The Religious Specter: Identifying the Intruder in Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others


About the Author

Deborah Porter is Associate Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, USA

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Film Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the field of film studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into this important and evolving subject area.


To submit a proposal for this series, please contact:
Suzanne Richardson, Commissioning Editor for Media, Cultural and Communication Studies
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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies