Jungian Reflections within the Cinema: A Psychological Analysis of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Archetypes

Jungian Reflections within the Cinema: A Psychological Analysis of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Archetypes

Jungian Reflections within the Cinema: A Psychological Analysis of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Archetypes

Jungian Reflections within the Cinema: A Psychological Analysis of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Archetypes

Synopsis

Exploring the relevance of Jungian theory as it applies to science fiction, horror and fantasy films, this text demonstrates the remarkable correlation existing between Jung's major archetypes and recurring themes in various film genres. An introduction acquaints readers with basic Jungian theory archetypes before proceeding to film analysis. A diverse selection of movie and television summaries illustrate the relationship between a particular Jungian image and the examined films.

Excerpt

When I was writing my book entitled Psychological Reflections on Cinematic Terror: Jungian Archetypes in Horror Films for Praeger Publishers in 1994, I knew that I would not be able to do justice to the psychoanalytic theory by focusing on just one movie genre. Though the correlation between Carl Jung's primordial images and horror story lines was a striking one, I felt that other treatments could be considered along the same lines of investigation as the first work. Thus, the purpose behind Jungian Reflections within the Cinema is primarily to extend the archetypal analysis to a number of movie categories, ranging from science-fiction to fantasy films. There is even a section on television series that have tried to emulate the larger-than-life movies in plot and character development. In the process of broadening my scope, I hope that I have succeeded in providing greater substance and three-dimensional life to Jung's extensive list of archetypes not only to this present generation of readers, but also to those who will follow.

The format of Jungian Reflections within the Cinema is similar to the previous text. Each chapter will concentrate exclusively on an archetype via a package of films that illustrate its essential contents. For instance, the Jungian shadow has been represented in various movies as an oppressive society (Logan's Run) or an alien race (Battlestar: Galactica) that is hellbent on maintaining control and order in the universe. Archetypal heroes like Logan-5 or Commander Adama are inserted into the stories not only . . .

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