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C.G. Jung and the Humanities: Towards a Hermeneutics of Culture

Barnaby, Karin, & D'Acierno, Pellegrino (Eds.)

 This anthology consists of a selection of papers given at a conference on "the role that Jung has played in the history of modern thought and culture and, in particular, of determining Jung’s specific contribution to the interpretative methodologies of the humanities and the social sciences," and to take a postmodern look at Jung (p. xv). The editors point out that Jung developed a "hermeneutics of the symbol," or "the deployment ‘exegis’ that seeks out interpretative possibilities—not conclusions—and whose canonic procedures amplify the symbol-text by adding to it a wealth of personal and collective, historical and cultural analogies, correspondences, and parallels" (p. xvii). This is exactly the approach that this Journal seeks to apply to EHEs, so in that sense this is an extremely important volume as it presents many aspects of this technique. There are three main parts, each with subsections. We will list the title of each part and each subsection, followed by the numbers of chapters in the subsection in parentheses. Part I is The Archetypal Tradition, with subsections on Mythology (1), Religion (2), Anthropology: The Trickster (2), and Popular Culture (5). Part II, Creativity, has subsections on Imagination (4), Art (3), Dance and Theatre (2), and Literature (2). Part III, Post-Jungian Contributions, has two subsections, on Gender Issues (3) and Postmodernism (4). This is a highly important volume for anyone interested in Jung’s method of amplification or in amplifying the meaning of exceptional human experience.
Publisher Information:Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1990. 372p. Bibl: 365-372; Chap. bibl; 3 figs; 17 illus; Index: 347-364
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