Representing the Mind: The Psyche on Film (Memento and Donnie Darko)

By E. Anna Claydon.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The film industry has long been known as a ‘dream factory’ which permits audiences to escape, and challenge, reality. However, cinema also has a long history of representing the mind, from the very first silents which explored ideas of perspective and meaning to the complex reconstructions of hallucinations, memory and the metaphorical ‘doors of perception’. How films have represented these issues is central to this paper but also key is the way in which film theory has approached how the mind’s articulation is represented and this paper will employ two seemingly jarring theoretical approaches in discussing the impact of pop-psychology on cinema’s visual frame of reference: Freudian psychoanalysis and cognitive theory.

Keywords: Film, Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Cognitive, Cinema, Memory, Imagination

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.71-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 596.559KB).

Dr. E. Anna Claydon

Lecturer in Media and Communication, Departmental Head of Teaching and Learning, Department of Media and Communications, University of Leicester, Leicester, Leicestershire, UK

I began working full-time as a lecturer in 2001 (having worked part-time during my PhD 1998-2001 at the University of Kent, Canterbury) and was Lecturer in Film Studies at Edge Hill University from 2001 to the end of 2005. In January 2006, I started my current post at the University of Leicester and teach film and music (plus a little on art) in the department. I am currently working on the representation of the mind in cinema, the representation of disability on film, the way in which the British rural landscape is presented in movies and the role of post-colonialism in HE teaching. I am also a trustee of Contemporary Music-making for Amateurs’ (CoMA), which is the only charity in Europe which focuses upon amateurs experience of contemporary music, and play a number of instruments and compose music for ensembles.


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