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Understanding Locke & Key: A Semiotic and Intertextual study of the Collective Unconscious and some of its Archetypes in Locke & Key

Rogowski, Henrik LU (2020) KOVM12 20201
Division of Art History and Visual Studies
Abstract
This thesis’ focus will be on the comic book series Locke & Key in a semiotic and an intertextual reading through a psychoanalytical framework. The comic series is described as a “psychological horror” and a main theme running across the six volumes is good versus evil, and a lot of the narrative is helped by magical keys. The keys have specific uses and help both sides gain more power. The psychoanalytical focus that will be implemented is the Collective unconscious and some of its archetypes, as presented by Carl Jung, resulting in two main questions How does the theory of the Collective Unconscious and its archetypes affect the understanding of Locke & Key’s narrative? and How do Locke & Key’s images affect this reading of the work?.... (More)
This thesis’ focus will be on the comic book series Locke & Key in a semiotic and an intertextual reading through a psychoanalytical framework. The comic series is described as a “psychological horror” and a main theme running across the six volumes is good versus evil, and a lot of the narrative is helped by magical keys. The keys have specific uses and help both sides gain more power. The psychoanalytical focus that will be implemented is the Collective unconscious and some of its archetypes, as presented by Carl Jung, resulting in two main questions How does the theory of the Collective Unconscious and its archetypes affect the understanding of Locke & Key’s narrative? and How do Locke & Key’s images affect this reading of the work?. The theory presents a wide array of archetypes detectable in the comic, recurring symbols and imagery, like The House, The Mother, The Child, Animus/Anima and the Shadow archetypes. Through these archetypes a deeper understanding of the empirical work takes place and a new understanding of the story as an allegory for trauma opens to the reader. (Less)
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author
Rogowski, Henrik LU
supervisor
organization
course
KOVM12 20201
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Comic books, Horror, Intertextuality, Julia Kristeva, Psychoanalysis, Carl Jung, Collective unconsciousness, Archetypes, Roland Barthes, Semiotics
language
English
id
9023666
date added to LUP
2020-09-14 08:22:12
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2020-09-14 08:22:12
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  abstract     = {This thesis’ focus will be on the comic book series Locke & Key in a semiotic and an intertextual reading through a psychoanalytical framework. The comic series is described as a “psychological horror” and a main theme running across the six volumes is good versus evil, and a lot of the narrative is helped by magical keys. The keys have specific uses and help both sides gain more power. The psychoanalytical focus that will be implemented is the Collective unconscious and some of its archetypes, as presented by Carl Jung, resulting in two main questions How does the theory of the Collective Unconscious and its archetypes affect the understanding of Locke & Key’s narrative? and How do Locke & Key’s images affect this reading of the work?. The theory presents a wide array of archetypes detectable in the comic, recurring symbols and imagery, like The House, The Mother, The Child, Animus/Anima and the Shadow archetypes. Through these archetypes a deeper understanding of the empirical work takes place and a new understanding of the story as an allegory for trauma opens to the reader.},
  author       = {Rogowski, Henrik},
  keyword      = {Comic books,Horror,Intertextuality,Julia Kristeva,Psychoanalysis,Carl Jung,Collective unconsciousness,Archetypes,Roland Barthes,Semiotics},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Understanding Locke & Key: A Semiotic and Intertextual study of the Collective Unconscious and some of its Archetypes in Locke & Key},
  year         = {2020},
}