Post-Jungian Criticism

Theory and Practice

Edited by James S. Baumlin, Tita French Baumlin, and George H. Jensen
Foreword by Andrew Samuels

Subjects: Psychological Approaches To Literature, Literary Theory, Jung
Series: SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture
Paperback : 9780791459584, 334 pages, December 2003
Hardcover : 9780791459577, 334 pages, January 2004

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Table of contents

Andrew Samuels

Introduction: Situating Jung in Contemporary Critical Theory
George H. Jensen

Jung's Ghost Stories: Jung for Literary Theory in Feminism, Poststructuralism, and Postmodernism
Susan Rowland

Theorizing Writerly Creativity: Jung with Lacan?
Oliver Davis

Detective Films and Images of the Orient: A Post-Jungian Reflection
Luke Hockley

Airing (Erring) the Soul: An Archetypal View of Television
Keith Polette

Jane Iterare: Jane Eyre as a Feminist Revision of the Hero's Journey
Tita French Baumlin and James S. Baumlin

Pre-Raphaelite Paintings and Jungian Images in Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White
Sophia Andres

Drs. Jung and Chekhov: Physicians of the Soul
Sally Porterfield

Opened Ground from a Jungian Perspective: The Father Archetype in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney
J. R. Atfield

"The Sun's Children": Shadow Work in the Poetry of LeRoi Jones/Imamu Amiri Baraka
Rebecca Meacham

Sharing a Shadow: The Image of the Shrouded Stranger in the Works of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg
James T. Jones

In the Buddha's Shadow: Jung, Zen, and the Poetry of Jane Hirshfield
Andrew Elkins

A Bibliography of Jungian and Post-Jungian Criticism, 1980–2000
Marcia Nichols

Notes on Contributors


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.