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Charles, M. (2004). Possibility Versus Foreclosure: Myth and Female Identity in Film. Free Associations, 11(2):205-225.

(2004). Free Associations, 11(2):205-225

Possibility Versus Foreclosure: Myth and Female Identity in Film

Marilyn Charles

In an era in which truth has been defined as relative, and yet disjunctive thinking dichotomizes reality in highly destructive ways, it is important to consider the roles and functions of myth in our daily lives. Myth offers a way of grappling with complexities, inviting us to question implicit and explicit ‘truths’ that may promote or inhibit growth and understanding. Film provides a means for exploring current myths and how they transform and configure us, or can invite us into encounters with new visions that may tell us something deeper about human identity. The author explores these issues by looking at myths of ‘woman’ as depicted in contemporary stagings.

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