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Jungian Metaphor in Modernist Literature
Exploring Individuation, Alchemy and Symbolism

ISBN 9780367179168
Published February 21, 2020 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

Jungian Metaphor in Modernist Literature argues for the centrality of Carl Jung’s theory of individuation and alchemy in modernist poetics. Through analysis of the uses of a mythic method in modernist literary works, the book develops a related alchemical model which serves to expand understanding of modernist uses of language.

The book is an innovative exploration of modernist literary creativity under a Jungian lens, spanning both the literary and scholarly Jungian field. The literary works of Hilda Doolittle, James Joyce and W.B Yeats are read in the light of Jung’s central theme of an ‘alchemical marriage’ with attempts at developing a related alchemical model, a Jungian poetics, which serves to expand a reader’s understanding of modernist uses of language. This provides a fresh new lens through which modernist literature is viewed and seeks to revaluate the role of Jung in the humanities, namely in the field of modernist literature, an area from which Jung has long been shunned.

This book will be of great interest for academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of literature, modernism, psychoanalysis, gender studies, Jungian psychology, depth psychology, literary theory, and cultural studies.


Table of Contents





Foreword by Susan Rowland

1 Introduction: The Return of Jung

Common Critiques of Jung

Revisions of Jung’s Theories

2 Jung, Psychoanalysis, and the Great Divide

Overall View of Jungian Theory

Jung and Freud

3 Literary Jung

Jung in the Literary Field

A Jungian Poetics

Poetry and Alchemy

H.D., Yeats, and Joyce

4 Alchemy as Poetic Metaphor in H.D.’s Trilogy

H.D.’s Poetics and Jung

H.D. and the Feminist Revision of Jung’s Theory

H.D.’s Feminist Poetics and Rimbaud’s Alchemy of the Word

5 Between Yeats and Jung: The Poetics of a Jungian Paradigm

A Ritualistic Poetics

A Vision: The Visionary and the Visual

6 Alchemy of the Word in Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,

Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake

Ulysses: The Alchemy of Individuation between Text and Meta-text

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: The Different Phases of

the Anima

The Mythic Method, Art, and the Hero’s Journey Toward Archetypes

Stephen as a Symbolist ‘Hero’

Stephen and the Collective Unconscious in Magic, Memory, and Naming

Finnegans Wake: Alchemy and Antinomy

Finnegans Wake and the ‘Scientific’ Aspect of Verbal Alchemy

7 Conclusion

H.D.’s Verbal Alchemy

Yeats’s Visionary Alchemy

Joyce’s Textual Individuation


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Roula-Maria Dib is an Assistant Professor of English at the American University in Dubai, UAE. She is also a member of the International Association for Jungian Studies and the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies.