The Cinema of Lars Von Trier

‘Insightful, generous, and wide-ranging, this volume provides the kind of sustained analysis in English that this remarkable Danish auteur so clearly deserves.’

Professor Mette Hjort, Hong Kong Baptist University

Culture and the Unconscious

Psychoanalysis has always wandered outside the consulting room. Freud and his followers wrote on art, creativity, politics, and war. This collection returns to those themes and sheds light on how cultural questions can be addressed by closer dialogue between the clinical and academic psychoanalytic traditions. Culture and the Unconscious is a major contribution to these debates.

A Feminine Cinematics

Intent on having theory meet practice, Bainbridge is superb in making the connection between Irigaray’s work and her selected films. It is recommended that anyone interested in feminist theory, feminist film theory, and gender studies in general should read this book.

Dr Lauren J DeCarvalho, University of Denver

Journal Articles and Special Issues

Who will fix it for us? Toxic celebrity and the therapeutic dynamics of media culture’, Celebrity Studies, 11:1, pp. 75-88 (Spring 2020)


‘Television as psychical object: Mad Men and the value of psychoanalysis for television scholarship’, Critical Studies in Television, 14:3, pp. 289-306 (Summer 2019) – https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1749602019851714

‘Box-set mind-set: Psycho-cultural approaches to binge watching, gender, and digital experience’, Free Associations, 75, pp. 65-83 (Spring 2019) – http://freeassociations.org.uk/FA_New/OJS/index.php/fa/article/view/253

‘On the experience of a melancholic gaze’, British Journal of Psychotherapy, 35:1, pp. 142-55 (February 2019) – https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjp.12426

The reparative spaces of radio’ (co-authored with Candida Yates), The Radio Journal 11:1, pp. 7-12 (2013) – https://www.intellectbooks.com/radio-journal-international-studies-in-broadcast-audio-media

Psychotherapy on the couch: Exploring the fantasies of In Treatment’, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 17:2, pp. 153-68 (June 2012) – https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/pcs.2012.23

New perspectives on psychoanalysis and popular culture’ (co-authored with Candida Yates), Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society 17:2, pp. 113-19 (June 2012) – https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/pcs.2012.17

‘From “The Freud Squad” to “The Good Freud Guide”: A genealogy of media images of psychoanalysis and reflections on their role in the public imagination’, Free Associations, 62, pp. 31-58 (2011) – http://freeassociations.org.uk/FA_New/OJS/index.php/fa/article/view/43

‘“They’ve taken her!”: Psychoanalytic perspectives on mediating maternity, feeling and loss’, Studies in the Maternal, 3 (2010) – https://www.mamsie.bbk.ac.uk/articles/abstract/10.16995/sim.85/

‘Cinematic symptoms of masculinity in transition: Memory, history and mythology in contemporary film’ (co-authored with Candida Yates), Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 10:3, pp. 299-318 (December 2005) – https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/palgrave.pcs.2100054

‘Just looking? Traumatic affect, film form and spectatorship’, Screen, 45:4, pp. 391-400 (Winter 2004) – https://academic.oup.com/screen/article-abstract/45/4/391/1625093?redirectedFrom=fulltext

‘Making waves: Trauma and ethics in the work of Lars von Trier’, Journal for Cultural Research, 8:3 – https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1479758042000264984

‘Feminine enunciation in the cinema’, Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory Special Issue: Dialogues with Luce Irigaray, 25:3, pp. 129-41 (November 2002) – https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/para.2002.25.3.129

Co-editor, special edition: Media and the inner world: New perspectives on psychoanalysis and popular culture, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 17:3 (June 2012)

Co-editor, Therapy Culture/Culture as Therapy, Free Associations, number 75 (2011) – http://freeassociations.org.uk/FA_New/OJS/index.php/fa/issue/view/5

Co-editor, special edition: Trauma and ethics in the visual field, Journal for Visual Culture, 8:3 (July 2004) – https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcuv20/8/3?nav=tocList

Book Chapters

‘Sharon Horgan and the transatlantic psycho-politics of “womantic” comedy: Postfeminism as catastrophe?’, Love Across the Atlantic. Ed. B. J. Brickman, D. Jermyn, & T. L. Trost. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020. – https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-love-across-the-atlantic-hb.html

‘Growing up girl in the ‘hood: Vulnerability, violence and the girl-gang state of mind in Bande de Filles/Girlhood’, Psychoanalysis and femininity: Cinema, culture, society. Ed. A Piotrowska & Ben Tyrer. London: Routledge, 2019. – https://www.routledge.com/Femininity-and-Psychoanalysis-Cinema-Culture-Theory-1st-Edition/Piotrowska-Tyrer/p/book/9781138500938

‘“Cinematic screaming” or “All about my mother”: Lars von Trier’s cinematic extremism as therapeutic encounter’, Media and the Inner World: Psycho-cultural approaches to emotion, media and popular culture. Ed. C. Bainbridge & C. Yates. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. – https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137345530

‘Knowing me, knowing you: Reading Mamma Mia! as feminine object’, Mamma Mia! The Movie: Exploring a cultural phenomenon. Ed. L. FitzGerald & M. Williams. London: I B Tauris, 2013. – https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/mamma-mia-the-movie-9781848859425/

‘The spectacle of envy and femininity in the press: A psycho-cultural approach’, Culture and Power: Identity and identification. Ed. Á. Mateos-Aparicio & E. de Gregorio-Godeo. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. – https://www.cambridgescholars.com/culture-and-power-29

‘Psychotherapy on the couch: Exploring the fantasies of In Treatment’, Television and Psychoanalysis: Psycho-cultural perspectives. Ed. C. Bainbridge, I. Ward, & C. Yates. London: Karnac Books, 2013. – https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429480904

‘Luce Irigaray’, Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory. Ed. A. Elliott & B. Turner. London: Sage, 2001. – https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/profiles-in-contemporary-social-theory/book209760

‘Everything to play for: Masculinity, trauma and the pleasures of DVD technologies’ (with Candida Yates), Culture and the Unconscious. Ed. C. Bainbridge, S. Radstone, M. Rustin, & C. Yates. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. – https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781403986221

Media Appearances

‘Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016?’, The Guardian, 27 April 2016

‘Lars Von Trier: A Problematic Sort Of Ladies’ Man?’. Audio file interview with Caroline Bainbridge. National Public Radio, 11 November 2011

Professional Distinctions

Editor, Free Associations (2010-17) 

Film Section Editor, International Journal of Psychoanalysis (2015 – to date) 

Director, Graduate School, Roehampton University (2015-17) 

Fellow of the College of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis (since 2015)


Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy (since 2016)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (since 2017)

Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council (since February 2019)

Research Associate of the Freud Museum London (since October 2019)

About Caro

Dr Caroline Bainbridge is Professor of Culture and Psychoanalysis at Roehampton University. 

If you would like Caro to write for you, or if you would like her to provide editorial advice, please get in touch to discuss the possibilities.