By Matthew A. Fike
C. G. Jung understood the anima in a wide selection of the way yet particularly as a multifaceted archetype and as a box of power. In Anima and Africa: Jungian Essays on Psyche, Land, and Literature, Matthew A. Fike makes use of those ideas to investigate male characters in recognized British, American, and African fiction.
Jung wrote often in regards to the Kore (maiden, matron, crone) and the "stages of eroticism" (Eve, Mary, Helen, Sophia). the female principle’s many elements resonate through the examine and are emphasised within the establishing chapters on Ernest Hemingway, Henry Rider Haggard, and Olive Schreiner. The anima-as-field will be "tapped" simply because the collective subconscious should be reached via nekyia or descent. those methods are mentioned within the center chapters on novels by way of Laurens van der submit, Doris Lessing, and J. M. Coetzee. the ultimate chapters emphasize the anima’s position in political/colonial disorder in novels by means of Barbara Kingsolver, Chinua Achebe/Nadine Gordimer, and Aphra Behn.
Anima and Africa applies Jung’s African trips to literary texts, explores his curiosity in Haggard, and gives clean insights into van der Post’s past due novels. The learn discovers Lessing’s use of Jung’s autobiography, deepens the scholarship on Coetzee’s use of Faust, and explores the anima’s courting to the private and collective shadow. It will be crucial studying for teachers and students of Jungian and post-Jungian stories, literary stories, and postcolonial experiences, and also will entice analytical psychologists and Jungian psychotherapists in perform and in training.
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