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Jungian Film Studies

The essential guide, 1st Edition

By Helena Bassil-Morozow, Luke Hockley


200 pages

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Jungian film studies is a fast-growing academic field, but Jungian and post-Jungian concepts are still new to many academics and film critics. Helena Bassil-Morozow and Luke Hockley present Jungian Film Studies: The Essential Guide, the first book to bring together all the different strands, issues and arguments in the discipline, and guide the reader through the various ways in which Jungian psychology can be applied to moving images.

Bassil-Morozow and Hockley cover a range of Jungian concepts including the collective unconscious, archetypes, the individuation process, alchemy, and signs and symbols, showing how they can be used to discuss the core cinematic issues such as narrative structure, gender, identity, genre, authorship, and phenomenology. The authors argue that, as a place where the unconscious and conscious meet, cinema offers the potential for imagery that is psychologically potent, meaningful, and that plays a role in our personal psychological development.

This much-needed book, which bridges the space between Jungian concepts and traditional film theory, will be essential reading for scholars and students of Analytical Psychology, psychoanalysis, Jungian film studies, media, film and cultural studies, psychosocial psychology and clinical psychology. It will also appeal to analytical psychologists, psychotherapists and readers with an interest in film analysis.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction . Part 1: Methods The context of Jungian film studies 2. Using Jung to analyse visual narratives: tools and concepts 3. Jungian psychology: signs and symbols Part 2: Applications 4. Combining different methodologies in visual narrative analysis 5. The auteur theory: a Jungian view 6. Film genres and archetypes 7. Jungian vs. Freudians: gender, identity and sexuality on screen 8. The body: phenomenology and cinema Bibliography List of names Index

About the Authors

Helena Bassil-Morozow, PhD, is a cultural philosopher, media and film scholar, and academic writer whose many publications include Tim Burton: The Monster and the Crowd, The Trickster in Contemporary Film and The Trickster and the System: Identity and Agency in Contemporary Society (all Routledge).She is currently working on several other Routledge projects. She is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. www.hbassilmorozow.com.

Luke Hockley, PhD, is Research Professor of Media Analysis at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. He is a practising psychotherapist and is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Luke is joint Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Jungian Studies (IJJS) and a member of the Advisory Board for the journal Spring. His publications include Jung and Film 2, Somatic Cinema: The Relationship between Body and Screen – a Jungian Perspective and The Happiness Illusion: How the Media Sold Us a Fairy Tale (all Routledge). He lectures widely. www.lukehockley.com.

About the Series

Jung: The Essential Guides

Accessing and understanding the work of C. G. Jung presents several challenges to readers who aren’t formally trained in analytical psychology, from deciding which of his many volumes is most useful to them, to identifying and using the key concepts appropriately. The Essential Guides approach these challenges head-on. They offer those new to Jung an accessible and engaging introduction to the relevant theories and ideas in their discipline that are written by leaders in the field. The books also provide readers familiar with Jungian concepts with an insight into how his ideas can be applied outside the consulting room, to the arts, sciences and humanities. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Jungian
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies