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Myth, Mind and the Screen

Myth, Mind and the Screen
Understanding the Heroes of our Time


  • Date Published: December 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521796866

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  • Myth, Mind and the Screen is a systematic attempt to apply Jungian theory to the analysis of films (including 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Silence of the Lambs and The Piano) as well as a variety of cultural icons and products such as Madonna, Michael Jackson and televised sport. Through these and other examples, John Izod shows how Jungian theory can bring tools to film and media studies and ways of understanding screen images and narratives. He also demonstrates how Jungian analysis can provide us with insights into the psychological dimensions of contemporary mythology and the subjective experience of audiences. Perhaps most controversially, he argues that in the Western world cinema and television bear much of the responsibility for collective emotional mediation that in previous centuries was borne by organised religion. This 2001 book is a valuable resource for students of film and media studies, cultural studies and psychoanalytic studies.

    • First systematic application of Jungian theory to film and cultural analysis
    • Uses wide range of examples from contemporary film, television and pop culture
    • Looks at the consumption of popular culture as an emotional and psychological experience
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    'Izod's book is a wonderful addition to the slowly growing number of books relating Jungian psychology to film and modern culture … His background in Jungian and psychoanalytic thought nicely informs a rich, creative summary of the field of psychoanalysis and film and his passion for film and modern media undergirds his analysis of his many excellent examples.' Analytical Psychology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521796866
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Jungian theory, textual analysis and audience play
    2. Archetypal images: signification and the psyche
    3. Archetypal images, symbols and the cultural unconscious
    4. The Piano: the animus and colonial experience
    5. The pop star as icon
    6. The quest of a female hero - The Silence of the Lambs
    7. Television sport and the sacrificial hero
    8. The polycentred self - The Passion of Darkly Noon
    9. Haunted: searching for the whole self
    10. Transforming the final ghost - the god within

  • Author

    John Izod, University of Stirling
    John Izod is Professor of Screen Analysis in the Department of Film and Media Studies, University of Stirling. He is the author of Reading the Screen (1984), Satellite, Cable and Beyond (with Alastair Hetherington, 1984), Hollywood and the Box Office (1988), The Films of Nicolas Roeg: Myth and Mind (1992), and An Introduction to Television Documentary: Confronting Reality (with Richard Kilborn, 1997).

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