This thought-provoking volume offers an overview of contemporary representations of prominent female characters as they appear in an array of moving-image narratives from a Jungian and post-Jungian perspective.

Applying a theoretical frame that is richly informed by the Jungian and post-Jungian concepts of persona, individuation and archetypes, works including Fleabag (2016-2019), Ladybird (2017), and The Queen’s Gambit (2020) as well as Disney productions such as Brave (2012), Moana (2016) and Frozen (2013-), are contextualized and discussed alongside their non-screen precedents and contemporaries, including myths, fairy tales and works of literature, to closely examine new patterns of the female journey. This book identifies how young female characters rebel against the female persona of previous eras through the trickster, the shadow, and other archetypes, comparing the contemporary female protagonist with her predecessors to assess the new paths, roles and milestones available to her. Examining the construction of the female persona across time periods and mediums in an accessibly written yet academic style, this book is the first of its kind.

With a fulsome account of the progressive developments in entertainment media and Jungian thought, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of film, as well as anyone with an interest in analytical psychology and wider feminist issues in contemporary culture.

Introduction; 1: The Female Journey; 2: The Female Persona; 3: Cracks in the Mask: The Red Woman and the Blue Woman; 4: The Emergence of New Paths: Female Coming-of-Age Narratives; 5: No More Passive Waiting: The Searcher, the Fighter, and the Mother; 6: The Female Trickster; Conclusion