1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies

Edited By Luke Hockley Copyright 2018
    492 Pages
    by Routledge

    490 Pages
    by Routledge

    Winner of the IAJS award for best edited book of 2018!

    The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies weaves together the various strands of Jungian film theory, revealing a coherent theoretical position underpinning this exciting recent area of research, while also exploring and suggesting new directions for further study.

    The book maps the current state of debates within Jungian orientated film studies and sets them within a more expansive academic landscape. Taken as a whole, the collection shows how different Jungian approaches can inform and interact with a broad range of disciplines, including literature, digital media studies, clinical debates and concerns. The book also explores the life of film outside cinema - what is sometimes termed ‘post-cinema’ - offering a series of articles exploring Jungian approaches to cinema and social media, computer games, mobile screens, and on-line communities.

    The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies represents an essential resource for students and researchers interested in Jungian approaches to film. It will also appeal to those interested in film theory more widely, and in the application of Jung’s ideas to contemporary and popular culture.

    List of Contributors



    Luke Hockley

    Theoretical Approaches – Section Editor: Catriona Miller

    1) A Jungian textual terroir

    Catriona Miller

    2) Dionysus and textuality: Hockley’s somatic cinema for a transdisciplinary film studies

    Susan Rowland

    3) Stick to the image? No thanks!

    Eric Greene

    4) Archetypal possibilities: meta-representations, a critique of von Franz interpretation of fairy tale genre focusing on Jean Cocteau’s retelling of The Beauty and the Beast

    Leslie Gardner

    5) Human Beans and the flight from otherness: Jungian constructions of gender in film

    Phil Goss

    6) It’s alive: The evolving archetypal image and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

    Elizabeth Nelson

    7) Music in film: Its functions as image

    Benjamin Nagari

    8) Psychological images and multimodality in Boyhood and Birdman

    Shara Knight


    Applied Approaches – Section Editor: Helena Bassil-Morozow

    9) Feminist film criticism: Towards a Jungian approach

    Helena Bassil-Morozow

    10) Teaching Jung in the academy: The representation of comic book heroes on the big screen

    Kevin Lu

    11) Horror and the sublime: Psychology, transcendence and the role of terror

    Christopher Hauke

    12) Hungry children and starving fathers: auteurist notions of father hunger in American Beauty

    Toby Reynolds

    13) Beyond the male hero myth in Clint Eastwood films

    Steve Myers

    14) True detective and Jung’s four steps of transformation

    Stephen Anthony Farah

    15) Film futuristics: A forecasting methodology

    Michael Glock

    Transnational Approaches – Section Editor: Terrie Waddell

    16) The Australian lost child complex in adaptation: Kurzel’s Macbeth and Stone’s The daughter

    Terrie Waddell

    17) Numinous images of a new ethic: A Jungian eiew of Kieslowski’s The decalogue

    Judith R. Cooper and August J. Cwik

    18) The han cultural complex: Embodied experiences of trauma in New Korean Cinema

    Amalya Layla Ashman

    19) The outsider protagonist in American film

    Glen Slater

    20) Spirited Away and its depiction of Japanese traditional culture

    Megumi Yama

    21) Cold comforts: Psychical and cultural schisms in The Bridge and Fortitude

    Alec Charles

    22) Cultural hegemonies of forms and representations: Russian fairy tale women and Post-Jungian thought

    Nadi Fadina

    Clinical Approaches – Section Editor: Luke Hockley

    23) Feeling film: Time, space and the third image

    Luke Hockley

    24) Getting your own pain: A personal account of healing dissociation with help from the film War Horse

    Donald E. Kalsched

    25) Healing the holes in time: Film and the art of trauma

    Angela Connolly

    26) Discovering the meaning of a film

    John Beebe

    27) Under the skin: Images as the language of the unconscious

    Joanna Dovalis and John Izod

    Approaches Post-Cinema – Section Editor: Greg Singh

    28) Beyond the second screen: Enantiodromia and the running-together of connected viewing

    Greg Singh

    29) Anima ludus: Analytical psychology, phenomenology and digital gamesSteve Conway

    30) Cinema without a cinema and film without film: the psychogeography of contemporary media consumption

    Aaron Balick

    31) Digital media as textual theory: Audiovisual, pictorial and data analyses of Alien and Aliens

    Andrew McWhirter

    32) A networked imagination: Myth-making in fan fic’s story and soul

    Leigh Melander

    33) The unlived lives of cinema: Post-cinematic doubling, imitation and supplementarity

    Kelli Fuery


    Luke Hockley 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 Series Editor for Jung the Essential Guides (Routledge). His recent publications include: Jungian Film Studies: the Essential Guide (Routledge, 2016; co-authored with Helena Bassil-Morozow) and Somatic Cinema: the relationship between body and screen, a Jungian perspective. www.lukehockley.com

    "Jungian Film Studies has been energetically pushing open the doors of the academy for years. Now, with this volume, full entry has been achieved. The book is reliable, fascinating and beautifully put together. To Lecturers in Film and Related Subjects: Abandon whatever prejudices you have left and put this one on your assigned reading lists! To Students: If your lecturers do not assign this book as essential reading, make a noise about it because you are missing out on where the action is! The Jungians are not only coming, they are here." --Professor Andrew Samuels, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex


    "Hockley and his colleagues have essentially resisted the ‘confirmation bias’ of much contemporary film theory in this innovative and insightful collection. Enjoying a rich balance between determining embodied meanings and insinuating wider cultural affect in film, the essays are as valuable for the clinician as the theorist. Repositioning cinema as a font of psychological and emotional questions beyond the imprimatur of Freudian and Lacanian readings, this international collection speaks to the theory, therapy and thought the image has always promised to offer, and in many of these analyses, is here so usefully revealed." --Professor Paul Wells, Animation Academy, Loughborough University