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Jung and the Jungians on Myth : Theorists of Myth - Steven F. Walker

Jung and the Jungians on Myth

Theorists of Myth

Paperback Published: 2nd January 2002
ISBN: 9780415936316
Number Of Pages: 240

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Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was never more insightful and intriguing than when he discussed mythology. The key to understanding the Jungian approach to mythology lies in the concept of the image, which provides the basis for his theory of the unconscious. By emphasizing the image over the word, Jungian psychology distinguishes itself dramatically from Freudian, Lacanian, and other psychologies that stress the task of interpreting the language- the words- of the unconscious.
In "Jung and the Jungians on Myth," Steven Walker carefully leads the reader through the essential lines of thought in Jungian psychology before developing his method for using Jungian ideas to approach mythological texts. Whether one is sympathetic toward Jung's ideas or critical of them, one will find in Walker's discussion a lucid introduction to Jungian perspectives on myth and psychology.

Industry Reviews

"This is an admirably clear and informative book. In the space of just 198 pages Walker conveys the essence of the Jungian theory of myth and shows its applicability within a wide range of cultural contexts...."
-"Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
"Walker demonstrates that the Jungian reading of narrative, whether myth or drea, is highly contextualized...we discover in this study a Jung who is alert to the history he is living through."
-Religious Studies Reivew

Series Editor's Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Mythology and the Archetypes of the Collective Unconsciousp. 3
Instinct and Archetypep. 5
Archetype and Archetypal Imagep. 12
Archetypal Image and Mythp. 15
Myth as Compensationp. 19
The Strange Mythology of the Psyche: The Shadow, Anima, and Animusp. 29
The Shadowp. 33
The Anima and the Animusp. 45
The Strange Mythology of the Psyche: The Hero, Wise Old Man, Great Mother, Divine Child, and Selfp. 63
The Wise Old Manp. 72
The Great Motherp. 76
The Divine Child: Puer Aeternusp. 81
The Selfp. 83
The Jungian Analysis of Mythp. 91
The Role of Myth in Culture: Myth as Compensationp. 96
Myth and Inflationp. 102
Myth and Politicsp. 104
Neumann and Myths of the Great Motherp. 109
"The Purest Expression": Von Franz on Fairy Talesp. 113
Alchemy and Psychologyp. 116
The Holy Grailp. 119
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ISBN: 9780415936316
ISBN-10: 0415936314
Series: Theorists of Myth
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 2nd January 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1