Publisher: Taylor & Francis, 2005
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Jung as a Writer traces a relationship between Jung and literature by analyzing his key text using literary criticism. An experimental writer whose radical and daring works have not yet been fully appreciated, Jung addresses the modern world darkened by weapons of mass destruction and global environmental crisis. Susan Rowland's exploration of his works illuminates the literary nature of Jung's writing in order to shed new light on his psychology and its relationship with literature as a cultural practice. The book maps Jung's unique blend of artistry and ideas, imagination and ethics, speculative fantasy and cultural analysis--an "aesthetic science" which aims to overcome the divisions between art, religion and science. Jung's textual creativity provides new ways of being at home in modernity, by writing the psych whole. From early spiritualism in his doctoral thesis to the late autobiography,Jung as a Writerexplores Jung's stunningly ambitious cultural project by looking at his writingthrough core themes of myth, gender, modernity, authority, argument, nature, history, discourse god(dess) and culture. Through studies of individual works such asAnima and Animus, Trickster, On the Nature of the Psyche, Psychology and Alchemy, AionandSynchronicity, Jung's contribution to literary and cultural theory in autobiography, gender studies, postmodernism, deconstruction, ecocriticism and postcolonialism, and concludes by offering a new, culturally-orientated Jungian criticism.