September 29, 2008

Dario Argento – theoretical analysis

Filed under: CMM4106 Psycho & Cinema,ECU MInT — steve @ 8:11 pm

Follows is a “theoretical essay” on three films by Dario Argento for CMM4106 Psychology, Psychoanalysis & Cinema, Assessment 2.

The form of the essay contains long paragraphs – not the style I would normally use in written content, however my initial draft essay containe brief paragraphs and my tutor asked for lengthy, more detailed discussion of the topic in my paragraphs – hence the following aimed to address that need: 


August 27, 2008

Jung’s Archetypes and David Lynch “Wild at Heart”

Filed under: CMM4106 Psycho & Cinema,ECU MInT — steve @ 7:18 pm

Handout notes for week 6 discussion on scene 15 of David Lynch’s 1990 film “Wild at Heart” with reference to Carl Jung’s archetypes:

IntroductionJung on Jung and the difficulty of a single account of his ideas:

… As I cannot claim to have reached any definite theory explaining all or even the main part of the psychical complexities, my work consists of a series of different approaches, or one might call it, a circumambulation of unknown factors. This makes it rather difficult to give a clear-cut and simple account of my ideas. (Jung, 1952 ¶ 1) [italics added]

David Lynch on “Wild at Heart”:

“Wild at Heart is a love story that goes through a strange highway in the modern and twisted world” (cited in Universal Studios, 2005)


August 11, 2008

Lacan, Lacan, Lacan

Filed under: CMM4106 Psycho & Cinema,ECU MInT — steve @ 5:07 pm

There are better ways to spend your Sunday, seriously…

A reading of chapters 6, 7, 8 & 9 from Jacques Lacan’s “The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-analysis” (1977).

Really, so many words, so little content – Lacan appears to dribble on aimlessly to get a very simple concept across. In this reading, concerning chapters 6 & 7, what Lacan has to say about the “gaze” could well have been covered in a single page, however what we, the reader, are presented with is 21 pages of this “poet’s” pontifications that are not only vague but extremely dull.


August 5, 2008

Freud: The ego and the Id

Filed under: CMM4106 Psycho & Cinema,ECU MInT — steve @ 12:54 am

Follows are sections of ‘highlighted’ text from the reading of the week 1 text: Freud’s “The Ego and the Id” (1923) – comments in italics (unless attributed to Freud) are the comments of the writer of this blog…

Consciousness and unconsciousness

The division of the psychical into what is conscious and what is unconscious is the fundamental premiss of psycho-analysis … in a different way: psycho-analysis cannot situate the essence of the psychical in consciousness, but is obliged to regard consciousness as a quality of the psychical, which may be present in addition to other qualities or may be absent. (Freud, 1923, p. 440)


August 1, 2008

Week 1 – Freud, Psychology and Vertigo

Filed under: CMM4106 Psycho & Cinema,ECU MInT — steve @ 2:08 pm

Week 1′s reading: Breuer & Freud – “On the Physical Mechanism of Hysterical Phenomena: Preliminary Communication”

Week 1′s movie: Alfred Hitchock – “Vertigo”


Hysteria, as a pathological phenomenon, is often caused by a precipitating traumatic event that the patient often dislikes discussing or more probably is unable to recollect (Breuer & Freud, 1893/1986, p. 53). Symptoms may include “neuralgias, anaesthesias, contractures, hysterical attacks and epileptoid convulsions” (Breuer & Freud, 1893/1986, p. 54) [italics added].


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