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Title: Journey to nowhere : the writing of Loy and Christopher Vogler's screenwriting paradigm
Author: Jacey, Helen J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2714 0791
Awarding Body: University of the Arts London
Current Institution: University of the Arts London
Date of Award: 2010
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This practice-based PhD comprises an original screenplay Loy, about the modernist poet and artist Mina Loy (1882-1966), and a thesis which reflects on the writing of the screenplay using The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler (2007) as a creative aid. Vogler presents a screenwriting paradigm called The Hero's Journey which is adapted from the mythological theories of Joseph Campbell (1949) and is influenced by Jungian psychology. The research question asks how the Hero's Journey is relevant to the development of Loy with two female protagonists and whether the paradigm is universal in terms of gender. A secondary aim considers the potential value offered by Jungian feminist paradigms of Murdock (1990), Shinoda Boden (2004) and Pinkola Estes (1992) to the writing of Loy. The thesis reflects on the creative process of using these paradigms, and evaluates their effectiveness for Loy which explores the themes of identity and intimate relationships from a feminist perspective. Chapter 1, 'The Transformational Journey', explores the usefulness of the stages of the Hero's Journey to the structure and character stories of Loy's protagonists. Chapter 2, 'The Heroine's Journey', questions to what extent Murdock's 'Heroine's Journey' offers alternative value for the development of narratives with female protagonists. Chapter 3, 'Archetypes and Character', explores the archetypes of both Vogler and Jungian feminism as creative systems for character development in Loy. Chapter 4, 'Beyond Heroes', describes how the application of Jungian concepts which are wider than those used by Vogler assists the exploration of intimate relationships in Loy. The Conclusion contends that while Vogler's paradigm has some value for the writing of Loy, it is limited for the exploration of relationships and there is a masculine bias to his principles. An emerging screenwriting framework for relationship-orientated narratives with protagonists of both sexes is then proposed which may be useful to screenwriters.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Scriptwriting