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Thresholds and Pathways Between Jung and Lacan On the Blazing Sublime

Edited By Ann Casement, Phil Goss, Dany Nobus Copyright 2021
    300 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    300 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This groundbreaking book was seeded by the first-ever joint Jung–Lacan conference on the notion of the sublime held at Cambridge, England, against the backdrop of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War. It provides a fascinating range of in-depth psychological perspectives on aspects of creativity and destruction inherent in the monstrous, awe-inspiring sublime.

    The chapters include some of the outcrop of academic and clinical papers given at this conference, with the addition of new contributions that explore similarities and differences between Jungian and Lacanian thinking on key topics such as language and linguistics, literature, religion, self and subject, science, mathematics and philosophy.

    The overall objective of this vitalizing volume is the development and dissemination of new ideas that will be of interest to practising psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and academics in the field, as well as to all those who are captivated by the still-revolutionary thinking of Jung and Lacan.


    Section One: Theory

    1| Simply Sublime? Lacan, Jung, and the Red Book

    Paul Bishop

    2| Sublime Anxiety

    Bernard Burgoyne

    3| The Complex Pleasure of the Sublime

    Ann Casement

    4 | Jung, the Sublime and Apophatic Mysticism in Psyche and Art

    John Dourley

    5| The Subjective Sublime: Like a Diamond?

    Phil Goss

    6 | The Blazing Sublime: Opportunity for the Integration of Otherness

    Nami Lee

    7 | The Hermetic Subtle Body and the Sublime in Jung and Lacan

    Albert Morell

    8 | Lacan’s Clinical Artistry: On Sublimation, Sublation and the Sublime

    Dany Nobus

    9 | A Crumpled Note or Purloined Letter? Sublime and Feminine Creativity in Destruction—Jung and Lacan

    Susan Rowland

    Section Two: Culture

    10 | The Object of Victor Frankenstein’s Desire

    Lionel Bailly 11 | The Soviet Antigones: The Poets versus the State

    Helena Bassil-Morozow

    12 | Thunder, Perfect Mind: Entering the Land of the Sublime

    Isabelle De Armond

    13 | Unconscious Processes, Instrumental Music and the Experience of the Sublime: An Exploration through Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

    Giorgio Giaccardi

    14 | The Sinthome and the Work of Imre Kertész

    Sharon Green

    15 | Expressing the Inexpressible: Art as a Challenge to its Own Object

    Nihan Kaya 16 | The ‘Nibelungenlied’: A Germanic Myth and the Sublime

    Arthur Neisser

    17 | James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ and Paleo-Postmodernism: A Lacanian-Jungian Reading

    Catriona Ryan

    18 | Apostolic Actuality: David Jones and Sublimation

    Luke Thurston


    Ann Casement LP is a Professor at the Oriental Academy for Analytical Psychology, China; a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, where she served on its Executive and Ethics Committees; and a senior member of the BJAA. She lectures worldwide and has published extensively, including Who Owns Psychoanalysis, which was nominated for the Gradiva Award in 2005, and contributes to The Economist and international psychoanalytical journals.

    Phil Goss is Associate Professor and Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy at Warwick University, UK. He is the author of Jung: A Complete Introduction (2015) and Men, Women and Relationships: A Post-Jungian Approach (2010) and has published on a range of topics from a Jungian perspective, including education and learning difficulties, gender and spirituality.

    Dany Nobus is Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology at Brunel University London, UK, Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council, and Former Chair and Fellow of the Freud Museum London. He is the author of numerous books and papers on the history, theory and practice of psychoanalysis, most recently The Law of Desire: On Lacan’s ‘Kant with Sade’ (2017).

    "It seems so obvious, but it has taken many decades before a serious scholarly engagement between Lacan and Jung could take place. This book conducts such an important and fraught encounter, by focusing on the idea of the sublime, and illuminating the convergences and differences this concept reveals in each. With the continuing publication and translation of Lacan’s Seminars, along with the publication of Jung’s The Red Book, both thinkers continue to offer untapped resources for understanding what psychoanalysis is and can be. Excellent and wide-ranging, rich in theoretical and cultural-artistic implications, this volume is not to be missed!"

    Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas, USA

    "'Jung and Lacan'? This ground-breaking and brilliant book answers the question with a resounding YES. The notion of the sublime has been gently eased into place as a bridge between these two traditions and is the clear result of years of thinking by the skilled editors and erudite contributors. In addition, not to put too fine a point on it, there has been less apparent but much-needed professional and academic agitation and persuasion on their part. Fields that will benefit from an engagement with the book include clinical work, politics, art and creativity, the history of ideas, and contemporary spiritualities."

    Andrew Samuels, Former Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex, UK; author of Jung and the Post-Jungians