House: The Wounded Healer on Television

Jungian and Post-Jungian Reflections

Edited by Luke Hockley, Leslie Gardner

© 2011 – Routledge

232 pages

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About the Book

House MD is a globally successful and long-running medical drama. House: The Wounded Healer on Television employs a Jungian perspective to examine the psychological construction of the series and its namesake, Dr Gregory House.

The book also investigates the extent to which the continued popularity of House MD has to do with its representation of deeply embedded cultural concerns. It is divided into three parts - Diagnosing House, Consulting House and Dissecting House, - and topics of discussion include:

  • specific details, themes, motifs and tropes throughout the series
  • narrative, character and visual structure
  • the combination of performative effects, text and images of the doctor and his team
  • the activities of the hero, the wounded healer and the puer aeternus.

Offering an entirely fresh perspective on House MD, with contributions from medical professionals, academics and therapists, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of Jungian psychology. The inclusion of a glossary of Jungian terms means that this book can also be enjoyed by fans of House MD who have been seeking a more in-depth analysis of the series.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Diagnosing House. Hockley, Doctoring Individuation: Gregory House, Physician, Detective or Shaman? Izod, The Physician’s Melancholia. Hauke, Playing House: Convincing Them of What You Know Simply By Who You Are. Part II: Consulting House. Waddell, House’s Caduceus Crutch. Huskinson, Anatomy of Genius: Inspiration Through Banality and Boring People. Cotter, Limping the Way to Wholeness: Wounded Feeling and Feeling Wounded. Porterfield, Our Inner Puer and its Playmates, the Shadow and the Trickster. Part III: Dissecting House. Rowland, House Not Ho(l)mes. Gardner, Gestures of Excess: An Exploratory Analysis of Melodrama as a Collective Archetype. Beebe, Not as a Stranger. Miller, I Feel Like a Failure – In-House Feminism.

About the Editors

Luke Hockley, PhD, is Professor of Media Analysis in the Research Centre for Media, Art and Design (RIMAD) at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. Luke is co-editor of the International Journal of Jungian Studies (IJJS) and Jung and Film II: The Return, due to be published in 2011 by Routledge. Luke is also a psychotherapist in private practice in London and Bedfordshire.

Leslie Gardner, PhD, studied at the University of Essex Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies in the rhetoric of Jung, considering Vico as a precursor. She is on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Jungian Studies, a web-based organisation. She is presently running an international literary agency in London and is an occasional lecturer on writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Television / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Jungian