This groundbreaking collection brings the range and diversity of post-Jungian thought into the realm of contemporary literary and cultural criticism. These essays explore, expand, critique, and apply post-Jungian critical theory as they revisit and reread Jung's own writings from numerous perspectives. No longer treated as a source of clear, unequivocal, authoritative pronouncement, Jung's writings are themselves subjected to critical, deconstructive readings, and several of the essays confront head-on Jung's evident racism, antifeminism, anti-Semitism, and political conservatism. While not downplaying such charges, the contributors outline an alternative, post-Jungian theory responsive to contemporary feminist, postcolonial, and poststructural concerns. The result is not just a critical reinterpretation but, more important, a regeneration of Jungian thought.
ââ¦It is a handsome collection of essays by academics and others who share an interest in Jungâs legacy to the humanities â¦ The strengths of the volume are apparent on every page.â â Harvest
"A book like this one can establish...that academic literary studies, in an alliance with analytical psychology, can broaden, enlighten, and penetrate people to the marrow." Â from the Foreword by Andrew Samuels
"This is a serious and balanced study that offers new perspectives on Jung's work after his having been isolated from academic discourse for many years. I think interest in this book will grow as a generation of critics who were not exposed to Jung begins to discover his work again and see that he was a true visionary of the last century." Â Dennis Patrick Slattery, author of The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh
Contributors include Sophia Andres, J. R. Atfield, James S. Baumlin, Tita French Baumlin, Oliver Davis, Andrew Elkins, Luke Hockley, George H. Jensen, James T. Jones, Rebecca Meacham, Marcia Nichols, Keith Polette, Sally Porterfield, Susan Rowland, and Andrew Samuels.