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.
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
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.