"I have entitled this book For Love of the Imagination. Long ago, I fell in love with the imagination. It was love at first sight. I have had a lifelong love affair with the imagination. I would love for others, through this book, to fall in love, as I once did, with the imagination." Michael Vannoy Adams, from the Preface.
For Love of the Imagination is a book about the imagination – about what and how images mean. Jungian psychoanalysis is an imaginal psychology – or what Michael Vannoy Adams calls "imaginology," the study of the imagination. What is so distinctive – and so valuable – about Jungian psychoanalysis is that it emphasizes images.
For Love of the Imagination is also a book about interdisciplinary applications of Jungian psychoanalysis. What enables these applications is that all disciplines include images of which they are more or less unconscious. Jungian psychoanalysis is in an enviable position to render these images conscious, to specify what and how they mean.
On the contemporary scene, as a result of the digital revolution, there is no trendier word than "applications" – except, perhaps, the abbreviation "apps." In psychoanalysis, there is a "Freudian app" and a "Jungian app." The "Jungian app" is a technology of the imagination. This book applies Jungian psychoanalysis to images in a variety of disciplines. For Love of the Imagination also includes the 2011 Moscow lectures on Jungian psychoanalysis. It will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, students, and those with an interest in Jung.
Table of Contents
Preface.Imaginal Psychology. For Love of the Imagination: Why I Became a Psychotherapist. Imaginology: The Jungian Study of the Imagination. Imaginology Overboard with a Shark and an Octopus: How to Do Things with Images that Do Things. Golden Calf Psychology: James Hillman Alone in Pursuit of the Imagination. Jungian Interdisciplinary Applications. Cultural Applications. The Islamic Cultural Unconscious in the Dreams of a Contemporary Muslim Man. The Sable Venus on the Middle Passage: Images of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Economic and Political Applications. The Invisible Hand and the Economic Unconscious: The Most Important Image of the Last 250 Years. Obama and Icarus: Political Heroism, "Newspaper Mythology," and the Economic Crisis of 2008. Literary and Artistic Applications. Getting a Kick out of Captain Ahab: The Merman Dream in Moby-Dick. "It Was All a Mistake": Jung’s Postcards to Ernest Jones and Kipling’s Short Story "The Phantom ’Rickshaw". William Blake, Visionary Art, and the Return of Odysseus: Homeric Mythology, Neoplatonic Philosophy, and Jungian Psychology. The 2011 Moscow Lectures on Jungian Psychoanalysis. The Mythological Unconscious in Moscow: A Dream of a Russian-American Woman in New York. The Metaphor of Metamorphosis: Change in Myth and Psyche. O Baal, Hear Us: Active Imagination and the Mythological Unconscious.
Michael Vannoy Adams is an internationally prominent Jungian psychoanalyst in New York City. He is a clinical associate professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is also a faculty member at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and the New School, where he was previously associate provost. He is the author of The Fantasy Principle: Psychoanalysis of the Imagination (Routledge, 2004) and The Multicultural Imagination: "Race," Color, and the Unconscious (Routledge, 1996). He is the recipient of three Gradiva Awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. He has been a Marshall scholar in England and a Fulbright senior lecturer in India.
For information about Jungian psychoanalysis, visit Michael Vannoy Adams’s Web site: www.jungnewyork.com.