Jane Alexander Stewart, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who writes analytic essays on film with mythic themes active in contemporary culture. Her essay, “The New Feminine Hero in The Silence of the Lambs,” has enjoyed numerous printings in journals and books – The San Francisco Library Journal, The British Journal of Psychological Types, The Soul of Popular Culture, and The Presence of the Feminine in Film. She has also presented “The New Feminine Hero in Contemporary Cinema” as part of a film series, screening three major award-winning films — Thelma and Louise, The Piano, and The Silence of the Lambs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has given a lecture on “The Feminine Trickster Hero in Contemporary Cinema” at the University of Alabama’s colloquium on myth and her essay is included in the book, Hermes and Aphrodite Encounters. Most recently she appeared as an expert on myth in the 2017 documentary film Mansfield 66/67.
Her work has been published in academic journals, newspapers, newsletters and magazines. Commentaries from David Lynch’s film Lost Highway, and Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola Run, appear in The San Francisco Jung Library Journal and Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in Psychological Perspectives. Run Lola Run also appeared in the Los Angeles NOW Times. “Philomena: A Film, A Woman, A Reclamation of Respect” is published in the Women’s Voices issue of Spring 91. She wrote a monthly column for the online magazine Newtopia. Her essay, “Seeking The Elder Hero in Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles” was published in the Jung Journal and formed the basis for a presentation on the changing possibilities for the late years of life to the Assisi Foundation. An archive of her film essays and other writings can be found on at http://www.cinemashrink.com
In her earlier years, she was affiliated with Montifiore Hospital in New York, The Drew Medical School and Martin Luther King, Jr., Hospital, The Integral Nursing Program at UCLA and The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She has degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology, Ph.D.; University of California at Los Angeles, M.A.; and Swarthmore College, B.A.,