Archetypal Readings of Medieval Literature (Studies in Mediaeval Literature v.22)

Archetypal Readings of Medieval Literature (Studies in Mediaeval Literature v.22)

By: Christine Herold (editor), Charlott Spivack (editor)Hardback

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The term "archetype" as applied to literature comes from the depth psychology of Carl Gustav Jung and refers to the inherited primordial motifs which emerge from universal and timeless human experiences. These motifs, appearing in myths, dreams, and literature, are to the psyche what instincts are to the body. Because of their universality they enable us to see a work of literature as a total form, not to be explained by partial points of view such as social, moral, or aesthetic.


Breaking the sword - the Amazon eradicates the whore, Meredith Clermont-Ferrance; the symbol - description and identity in the classical epic and 12th century French and German romance, Rosemarie Deist; archetypal Chaucer - the case of the disappearing hag in "The Wife of Bath's Tale", Christine Herold; the changing feminine archetype in Julian of Norwich's long text - a psychology of enclosure, Diane Krantz; two interpolated love stories from the Spanish "El Baladro del sabio Merlini" (The Shriek of the Sage Merlin) - an alchemical reading, Barbara Miller; rebirth and the medieval woman writer - Christine de Pizan, Julia A. Nephew; Sir Gawain, the Pentangle, and the pentagle of individuation, Charlotte Spivack; the healing of the split animus in Marie de France's "Yonec", Nina Tucci; Jung and Chaucer - synchronicity in "The Canterbury Tales", Matthew C. Wolfe.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773469662
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780773469662
  • ISBN10: 0773469664

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