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The Presence of the Feminine in Film 1st Unabridged Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1443805131
ISBN-10: 1443805130
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"Jungians and film criticism are made for each other. There is so much here that is illuminating - it completely changed my way of looking at movies, not only in applying the Jungian vocabulary to a medium in need of one, but also because of the brilliant insights into the many ways auteur filmmakers have found to depict the feminine, from Alfred Hitchcock's preoccupation with the challenged goddesses in Notorious, Vertigo, and Marnie, to Max Ophuls' evocation of the all-but-forgotten anima in Letter from an Unknown Woman, to contemporary celebrations of her presence in Guy Maddin's The Heart of the World, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, and Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. John Beebe's classic essay on the Anima in Film opened all this up to me, but each essay added to my understanding of the way archetypes are deployed in all movies." - Diane Johnson, author of The Shadow Knows, Le Divorce, and other novels and the screenplay for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining "Virginia Apperson's and John Beebe's fascinating book weaves together cinematic, theoretical and psychoanalytic discourses in demonstrating the complex ways that images of women in movies become images of a more pervasive cultural feminine that is deeply internalized in all of us. Rich in psychological insights and perceptive analyses, The Presence of the Feminine in Film carries the implications of cinematic representations into the realms of gender and cultural studies, sexuality and the unconscious." - Whitney Chadwick, author of Women, Art, and Society "This very readable and enjoyable book is essential reading for all those interested in cinema and in the feminine, but it is also a good example of the kind of original approach that Jungian theory has to offer film studies." - Angela Connolly, Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2009, No. 54

About the Author

Virginia Apperson is a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst practicing in Atlanta who has long specialized in feminine psychology. John Beebe, an analyst who trained and practices in San Francisco, is the editor of Jung's Aspects of the Masculine and the author of Integrity in Depth.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 1st Unabridged edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443805130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443805131
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,072,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Francis G. Lu on May 1, 2010
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"The one-sided patriarchally masculine value-canon of occidental consciousness and the fundamental ignorance regarding the essentially different female and feminine psychology have contributed in a major way to the crisis of our time. Hence, understanding the Feminine is an urgent necessity not only in order to understand the single individual but also to heal the collective." -Erich Neumann (The Fear of the Feminine, 1952)

I highly recommend this uniquely fascinating book which uses a Jungian perspective to illuminate the Feminine as seen in such recent culturally diverse film classics as Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain (Widescreen Edition), Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding (The Criterion Collection), and the 2007 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film The Lives of Others; see the table of contents on the product page for the entire list. Films by the great directors are also discussed: Hitchcock's Notorious and Kurosawa's Rhapsody in August. It contains a reprinted seminal article "The Anima in Film" discussing the life force aspect of the Feminine. Other aspects include the mother, puella, and the waif, among others. The writing style is refreshing and alive!
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Amazing book! A great understanding of how the feminine has been portrayed, projected and perpetuated in our world since the beginning of film. It has helped me to open my eyes and have a better understanding of myself as a female, and enable me to see more clearly what contributions the feminine makes to life on earth. Plus, I love the details that are included about the psyche and even filmmaker's motivation for certain subconscious aspects of the film. Fascinating! So glad I met Virginia and am now reading her book.
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Excellent reading, Good research and knowledge for individuals interested in this topic.
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