House: the Wounded Healer on Television

House: the Wounded Healer on TelevisionHouse: the Wounded Healer on Television (Routledge 2010) employs a Jungian perspective to examine the psychological construction of the series House MD and its namesake, Dr Gregory House. The book also investigates the extent to which the continued popularity of House MD has to do with its representation of deeply embedded cultural concerns. It is divided into three parts – Diagnosing House, Consulting House and Dissecting House, – and topics of discussion include: specific details, themes, motifs and tropes throughout the series; narrative, character and visual structure; the combination of performative effects, text and images of the doctor and his team; the activities of the hero, the wounded healer and the puer aeternus. Offering an entirely fresh perspective on House MD, with contributions from medical professionals, academics and therapists, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of Jungian psychology.

Luke Hockley, PhD, is Professor of Media Analysis in the Research Centre for Media, Art and Design (RIMAD) at the University of Bedfordshire. Luke is co-editor of the International Journal of Jungian Studies and Jung and Film II: The Return, due to be published in 2011 by Routledge. Luke is also a psychotherapist in private practice in London and Bedfordshire. Leslie Gardner, PhD, studied at the University of Essex ‘Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies’ in the rhetoric of Jung, considering Vico as a precursor. She is on the Executive Committee of the IAJS, presently runs an international literary agency in London, and occasionally lectures on writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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