1st Edition

Cultural Complexes in Australia Placing Psyche

Edited By Thomas Singer Copyright 2024
    294 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    294 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Cultural Complexes in Australia: Placing Psyche is the first in a series of books that will explore the notion of cultural complexes in a variety of settings around the world.

    The continent of Australia is the focus of this inaugural volume in which the contributors elucidate how the unique geography and peoples of Australia interact and interpenetrate to create the particular "mindscapes" of the Australian psyche. While the cultural complexes of Australia are explored with a keen eye to the specificity of place, history, context, and content, at the same time it becomes obvious that these cultural complexes emerge out of an archetypal background that is not just Australian but global.

    This volume shows how cultural complex theory itself mediates between the particularity of place and the universality of archetypal patterns.





    1. The Nullarbor: Contact Zone as Imaginal Space

    Peter Bishop

    2. The Lemon Tree: A Conversation on Civilisation

    Craig San Roque

    3. The Rapture of "Girlshine": Land, Sacrifice, and Disavowal in Australian Cinema

    Terrie Waddell

    4. The Feeling of Salt, Water, and Land

    Patricia Please

    5. Finding the Fish: Memory, Displacement Anxiety, Legitimacy, and Identity

    Amanda Dowd

    6. Lost for Words: Embryonic Australia and a Psychic Narrative

    David B. Russell

    7. Language is My Second Skin: Speaking and Dreaming between Germany and Central Australia

    Ute Eickelkamp

    8. Taking It With Me: A South African's Cultural Complex in Aotearoa New Zealand

    Chris Milton 

    9. A Question of Fear

    Alexis Wright

    10. Sorry, It's Complex: Reflecting on the Apology to Indigenous Australians

    Melinda Turner

    11. The Australian Resistance to Individuation: Patrick White's Knotted Mandala

    David Tacey

    12. Sydney - "a city of truant disposition": East West 101 (the 2008-2011 Knapman Wyld Australina TV Series)

    Craig San Roque with Kristine Wyld



    Thomas Singer, MD, is a psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst who trained at Yale Medical School, Dartmouth Medical School, and the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is the author of many books and articles that include a series of books on cultural complexes that have focused on Australia, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Far East Asian countries, in addition to another series of books featuring Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche. He serves on the board of ARAS (Archive for Research into Archetypal Symbolism) and has served as co-editor of ARAS Connections for many years.