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Title: The daimonic in C.G. Jung and W.B. Yeats : systematic search for self and unity of being
Author: Reghellin, Chiara
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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The daimon is a primordial necessity of confrontation with the numinous which grounds its roots in the history of the human being and manifests itself, in a very protean manner, in the most genial and perceptive minds of every epoch. Deeply driven by this compulsion and inspired by masters who experienced the daimonic before them, the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) and the Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) have undertaken investigations into this phenomenon. The examination ofYeats' A Vision (1937) and Jung's Red Book (2009) not only reveals the objective engagement with an entity which seems to have possessed them and provoked involuntary acts of creation dictated by unconscious psychical forces, but also shows the subjective reality of the daimonic, converting these works in voluntary experiments with this overpowering force. From the comparative study of Yeats' A Vision and Jung's Red Book, it emerges that the daimon acts as a systematising figure which helped them organise their own works into systems, namely into ordered and structured patterns aimed at the attainment of wholeness and unity. For Jung this unity consisted in the achievement of the Self, and of Unity of Being for Yeats. The daimon does not act as a systematiser only: through the analysis of A Vision and the Red Book it is possible to demonstrate that it can be systematised too. The observation of these 'works leads indeed to identify a common pattern of manifestation of the daimonic, epitomised by an archetypal trilogy: persona, anima and wise old man for Jung; mask, anti-self and higher self for Yeats.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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