1st Edition

The Feminine Case Jung, Aesthetics and Creative Process

Edited By Tessa Adams, Andrea Duncan Copyright 2003

    The Feminine Case is a collection of papers that debate the issue of gender from a Jungian perspective. Particular attention is paid to the discussion of Jung's "transcendent function" and what this offers women in the process of individualisation. Attention is also given to the revisionist work of James Hillman and to relevant issues found within post-Lacanian critique, principally in the works of Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous. The chapters deal with a range of issues and aim to promote further discussion. One theme discussed in the book is the way in which feminine language is formed within a masculine domain and how it can and is changing. Works of literature, notably those of Charlotte Bronte and The Tempest, are explored and examined in conjunction with Jungian themes. The feminine in relation to the maternal, and in its lack of relation to the divine, are two other engaging topics discussed in this volume. This collection involves the reader in a welcome debate on the role of the feminine in the Jungian world.

    Introduction, 1 Toni Wolff: a struggle for self-definition, 2 Reflections on the humanizing of the mother archetype through the primal and analytic relationship, 3 Jung, Kristeva, and the maternal realm, 4 Individuation and necessity, 5 Jung's search for the masculine in women: the signification of the animus, 6 This thing of brightness: the feminine power of transcendent imagination, 7 The alchemy of inversion: Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Mary Kelly's Menace, 8 Women's lack: the image of woman as divine, 9 The embodiment of desire: art, gender, and analysis, 10 This phenomenological ecriture: feminine consciousness both corporeal and lucid.


    Tessa Adams, PhD, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Visiting Fellow of Goldsmiths College, University of London, and Director of Studies of the Society of Psychology and Healing. She is an art theorist and practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapist, holding professional membership of both the Site of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Guild of Psychotherapists. She has published widely on psychoanalysis and contemporary art practice.