Tim Burton: the Monster and the Crowd: A Post-Jungian Perspective

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Tim Burton’s films are well known for being complex and emotionally powerful. In this book, Helena Bassil-Morozow employs Jungian and post-Jungian concepts of unconscious mental processes along with film semiotics, analysis of narrative devices and cinematic history, to explore the reworking of myth and fairytale in Burton’s gothic fantasy world.

The book explores the idea that Burton’s lonely, rebellious ‘monstrous’ protagonists roam the earth because they are unable to fit into the normalising tendencies of society and become part of ‘the crowd’. Divided into six chapters the book considers the concept of the archetype in various settings focusing on:

the child
the monster
the superhero
the genius
the maniac
the monstrous society.

Tim Burton: The Monster and the Crowd offers an entirely fresh perspective on Tim Burton’s works. The book is essential reading for students and scholars of film or Jungian psychology, as well as anyone interested in critical issues in contemporary culture. It will also be of great help to those fans of Tim Burton who have been searching for a profound academic analysis of his works.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHove
Number of pages216
ISBN (Print)0415489717, 978-0415489713
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Tim Burton
  • Gothic film
  • Gothic fantasy
  • individual and society
  • Jungian theory
  • post-Jungian concepts


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