Mis/takes: Archetype, Myth and Identity in Screen Fiction

Mis/takes: Archetype, Myth and Identity in Screen Fiction

by Terrie Waddell
     
 

Mis/takes departs from the bulk of screen discourse by applying Jungian and post-Jungian ideas on unconscious processes to popular film and television. This perspective offers a rich insight into the way that various myths infiltrate popular culture. By examining the function of psychological motifs and symbols in cinema and television, Terrie Waddell opens up another… See more details below

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Mis/takes departs from the bulk of screen discourse by applying Jungian and post-Jungian ideas on unconscious processes to popular film and television. This perspective offers a rich insight into the way that various myths infiltrate popular culture. By examining the function of psychological motifs and symbols in cinema and television, Terrie Waddell opens up another way of thinking about how identity can be constructed and disrupted. Mulholland Drive, Memento, The Others, The X-Files, Twin Peaks, The Sopranos, Spider, Intimacy and Ahsolutely Fabulous all lend themselves to this approach.

The close analysis of these films/programs are guided by a number of core archetypes from trickster and Self to incest and the grotesque. The book's four parts reflect these dominant patterns: Jung, trickster and the screen, Mistaken identities, self-deception and the undead, Redeemers, bad dads and matricide, Excesses of the sad and the sassy. Mis/takes gives readers a chance to engage with screen material in an original and subversive way. This study will be of great interest to Jungian analysts and students of film, cultural studies, media, gender studies and analytical psychology.

About the Author:
Terrie Waddell is a Lecturer in Media Studies and Convenor of Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies at La Trobe University, Australia

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583917206
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Analytical psychology and myth : the bigger picture9
2Mutability, identities and the farce of fixity : trickster29
3The obscure by the more obscure : Mulholland Drive51
4Setting the conditions for forgetting : Memento64
5The undead, psychopomps and filicide : The others75
6Dana immaculate and divine children : The X-Files97
7Libidinal frenzy : Twin peaks118
8Incest by goomah/daughter proxy : The sopranos130
9Motherly and slatternly creatures : Spider140
10The fear of exposure and connection : Intimacy153
11Grotesques, Bakhtin and rupture : Absolutely fabulous168

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