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

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

by Terrie Waddell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1583917209

ISBN-13: 9781583917206

Pub. Date: 08/01/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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

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


Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     1
Jung, trickster and the screen     7
Analytical psychology and myth: The bigger picture     9
Mutability, identities and the farce of fixity: Trickster     29
Mistaken identities, self-deception and the undead     49
The obscure by the more obscure: Mulholland Drive     51
Setting the conditions for forgetting: Memento     64
The undead, psychopomps and filicide: The Others     75
Redeemers, bad dads and matricide     95
Dana immaculate and divine children: The X-Files     97
Libidinal frenzy: Twin Peaks     118
Incest by goomah/daughter proxy: The Sopranos     130
Motherly and slatternly creatures: Spider     140
Excesses of the sad and the sassy     151
The fear of exposure and connection: Intimacy     153
Grotesques, Bakhtin and rupture: Absolutely Fabulous     168
Conclusion     190
Bibliography     192
Film references     200
Television references     203
Index     205

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