Theory and Practice
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Rereads Jung in light of contemporary theoretical concerns, and offers a variety of examples of post-Jungian literary and cultural criticism.
This groundbreaking collection brings the range and diversity of post-Jungian thought into the realm of contemporary literary and cultural criticism. These essays explore, expand, critique, and apply post-Jungian critical theory as they revisit and reread Jung's own writings from numerous perspectives. No longer treated as a source of clear, unequivocal, authoritative pronouncement, Jung's writings are themselves subjected to critical, deconstructive readings, and several of the essays confront head-on Jung's evident racism, antifeminism, anti-Semitism, and political conservatism. While not downplaying such charges, the contributors outline an alternative, post-Jungian theory responsive to contemporary feminist, postcolonial, and poststructural concerns. The result is not just a critical reinterpretation but, more important, a regeneration of Jungian thought.
James S. Baumlin, Tita French Baumlin, and George H. Jensen are Professors of English at Southwest Missouri State University. James S. Baumlin is the author of John Donne and the Rhetorics of Renaissance Discourse; the coeditor (with Tita French Baumlin) of Ethos: New Essays in Rhetorical and Critical Theory; and (with Phillip Sipiora) of Rhetoric and Kairos: Essays in History, Theory, and Praxis, also published by SUNY Press. George H. Jensen is the author of many books, including, most recently, Identities Across Texts.