The time is right to re-examine narratives for and about women within screen based texts. Using examples from different kinds of screen media, and taking due account of the multimodal nature of the texts under discussion, this book will show the many types of female quest in moving image narratives, ranging from ‘traditional’ female individuation (daughter, mother or victim) to masculinised types of journey (soldier, knight or detective), paying attention to the patriarchal societal norms which still exist in western societies, which exerts a distorting gravitational effect upon the individuation quests of women.
Cinema has always been the mirror of society, reflecting everything from social change to political anxieties, whilst simultaneously, from a discourse theory perspective, helping to create society. The Heroine’s Journey: Female Individuation On Screen will map the still largely patriarchal terrain screen heroines navigate, in order to explore the touchpoints and divergences with women’s individuation journeys. Moreover, rather than presenting only a Jungian angle on the feminine, the book will compare and contrast the Jungian and the Freudian approaches to women on screen.