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Title: Myth-Representation, Language and the Other : a Jungian Perspective
Author: Wilde, C.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 5437
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis is concerned with the role of myth and mythical thought in analytical psychology. It addresses the use of myth as 'other' in the theory of archetypes, and mythical/imaginal thought as the underlying process. The research is focused on linguistic representation of dream and image through the theory of archetypes. Key questions are about the use of language in representing or othering human experience, and its effects on subject positions. The thesis begins by examining the postulated functions of myth within analytical psychology. It argues that analytic discourses, particularly the theory of archetypes, utilize mythical thought and act as, or 10, myth. Reference is made to Vico and Cassirer's work on language and myth, for their suggestions that language about myth has a 'developmental' function and can be read as indicating stages of human consciousness. The thesis follows two post-Jungian arguments about language and representation, one poststructuralist, the other phenomenologically biased. It argues that, through its concern with image, analytical psychology can articulate with and draw upon phenomenological perspectives on intersubjective lingUistic exchange, and on representing experience in language intra-subjectively. Reference is made to the work of Binswanger and Foucault on representing dreams. An examination is made of reading analytic discourse as symbolic, and functioning as other. Referring to Lacan, it is argued that linguistic representation can be read as a mything, imaginal process, and that awareness of linguistic relativity is important in developing postmodern analytical psychology. There follows an examination of how analysis can articulate and engage with postmodern culture and subjectivity. The notion of the nomadic subject is referred to as embodying desire, resistance and becoming other through the imaginal. Finally, it is suggested that postmodern analytical psychology can seek out mything, imaginal aspects of culture through engagement with nomadic thinking and postmodern thought aiJout dreaming.
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Qualification Name: Not available Qualification Level: Doctoral
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