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Jung and the Jungians on Myth: An Introduction (Steven Walker) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 2002) 9780415936316


Title: Jung and the Jungians on Myth: An Introduction

Author: Walker, Steven

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2002

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415936316

Volumes: 1; Pages: 256

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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.

CONTENTS

Series Editor's Foreword

Introduction

Chapter 1 Mythology and the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious

Instinct and Archetype

Archetype and Archetypal Image

Archetypal Image and Myth

Myth as Compensation

Chapter 2 The Strange Mythology of the Psyche: The Shadow, Anima, and Animus

The Shadow

The Anima and the Animus

Chapter 3 The Strange Mythology of the Psyche: The Hero, Wise Old Man, Great Mother, Divine Child, and Self

The Wise Old Man

The Great Mother

The Divine Child: Puer Aeternus

The Self 83

Chapter 4 The Jungian Analysis of Myth

The Role of Myth in Culture: Myth as Compensation

Myth and Inflation

Myth and Politics

Neumann and Myths of the Great Mother

"The Purest Expression": Von Franz on Fairy Tales

Alchemy and Psychology

The Holy Grail

"Walker demonstrates that the Jungian reading of narrative, whether myth or dream, is highly contextualized... we discover in this study a Jung who is alert to the history he is living through."--Religious Studies Review

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