A Jungian Study of Shakespeare: The Visionary Mode by Matthew A. Fike

By Matthew A. Fike

Applying the analytical psychology of Carl Jung, Matthew A. Fike presents a clean knowing of individuation in Shakespeare. This examine of “the visionary mode”— Jung’s time period for literature that comes throughout the artist from the collective unconscious—combines a powerful grounding in Jungian terminology and conception with fantasy feedback, biblical literary feedback, and postcolonial idea. Fike attracts commonly at the wealthy discussions within the amassed Works of C. G. Jung to light up chosen performs reminiscent of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The service provider of Venice, The Henriad, Othello, and Hamlet in new and remarkable methods. Fike’s transparent and thorough method of Shakespeare bargains intriguing, unique scholarship that would entice scholars and students alike.

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1057/9780230618558 - A Jungian Study of Shakespeare, Matthew A. com - licensed to Chung Hua University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-04 30 AND B EYOND 31 is transpersonal. Her statement, however, does not continue Shakespeare’s praise of the poet; her reply is not, as Andrew D. 33 She and her husband are having a conversation about the lovers’ experience in the woods: she calls it strange; he calls it “more strange than true” and explains why he believes that they just imagined it. She replies by noting that it must have actually happened (they did not imagine it) because they all tell the same story.

31 By “doubt[ing] that the [poet’s] vision is a genuine primordial experience” and by emphasizing the similarity between the madman, lover, and poet, Theseus plays the rationalist whom Jung has in mind when he says in “Psychology and Literature” that the poet’s visionary experience “has about it a fatal suggestion of vague metaphysics, so that we feel obliged to intervene in the name of well-intentioned reasonableness. . Anyone who does not have distinct leanings towards the occult will be inclined to dismiss visionary experiences as ‘lively fantasy’ or ‘poetic licence’ [sic]” (CW 15, 147/93–94).

1057/9780230618558 - A Jungian Study of Shakespeare, Matthew A. com - licensed to Chung Hua University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-04 C A J UNGIAN S TUDY OF S HAKESPEARE Venice in the late twentieth century was that they ignored the mythic dimension. The play asks us to believe things that realism would say are impossible. ”3 The word “ignored” is clearly an overgeneralization, given such works as Barbara K. Lewalski’s analysis of Shakespeare’s use of religious myth, William C. 4 Prior to the publication of my article, others had indirectly addressed disappointment by identifying an underlying cause.

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