Feminist film criticism

Towards a Jungian approach

Authored by: Helena Bassil-Morozow

The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138666962
eBook ISBN: 9781315619163
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315619163-10

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Abstract

For the past forty years we have been told that postmodern culture excludes originality, and that it has become impossible to come up with original ideas. Everything has been written, composed and painted, and the only creative thing left to contemporary artists is to produce patchworks of pre-existent ideas. Most of the postmodern theorists, however, are male. It is easy to see why they think that every creative possibility has been exhausted. In their world it has, indeed, been exhausted. There is nothing new left to say about the male protagonist out in search for life’s meaning (not least because in postmodern culture the very concept of meaning has been cancelled). Yet, the new breed of female authors, TV writers, directors and producers – the creators of Orange is the New Black (Netflix, 2013–), Fleabag (BBC, 2016–) and I Love Dick (Amazon, 2017–) – are now producing shockingly fresh perspectives on the female protagonist; perspectives that are free from traditional presumptions of what it means and how it feels to be a woman, or what constitutes a female journey.

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