Module Details

PA971-7-AU-CO: Mythological Psyche: Key Texts Of C G Jung I

Year: 2016/17
Department: Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
Essex credit: 20
ECTS credit: 10
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: Yes

Staff
Supervisor:
Teaching Staff: Dr Kevin Lu
Contact details: Senior Student Administrator, Telephone: 01206 873745, Email: cpsgrad (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

C. G. Jung's writings on myth are of pivotal importance for understanding his psychological theory and its many cultural ramifications, and his particular theory of myth has been influential in a variety of fields, including literary studies. This module will critically explore some of Jung's key texts relating to his theory of myth and its application. It will also include analysis of the mythopoeic dimension of Jung's own writing.

Aims:
To develop the ability to analyse closely various key texts of Jung
To acquire a thorough knowledge and critical understanding of Jung's writings on the specific topic of myth, and an ability to explain the position of these writings within Jung's work as a whole
To develop, through study of primary sources, a critical understanding of the various means (empirical, philosophical, rhetorical, etc.) by which Jung articulates and substantiates his psychological theory and deploys it in his writings on myth

Learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
Critically evaluate the guiding ideas, underlying assumptions, forms of argument, uses of evidence, and modes of expression in key texts by Jung
Demonstrate thorough knowledge of and an ability critically to examine Jung's texts on myth, his theory of myth, and the mythopoeic dimension of his own thought and writing

Learning and Teaching Methods

In general, each seminar will include an overview of the topic under discussion, presented by the seminar leader, followed by more focused study based on group work and the set readings, including close analysis of selected passages from the set readings. At least half of every seminar will normally be devoted to group work and discussion. Attendance at, and participation in, seminars is a requirement of the module.

Assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark

Coursework

This module is assessed by one 3000 word essay

Bibliography

  • Jung, C. G., Symbols of Transformation (CW 5): xxiii-xxix and pars. 1-46.
  • Jung, C. G., 'The Psychology of the Child Archetype' (CW 9i) [Also available in C. G. Jung and C. Kerényi, The Science of Mythology: Essays on the Myth of the Divine Child and the Mysteries of Eleusis, 2d ed., London: Routledge, 2001.]
  • Jung, C. G., 'The Psychological Aspects of the Kore' (CW 9i) [Also available in C. G. Jung and C. Kerényi, The Science of Mythology: Essays on the Myth of the Divine Child and the Mysteries of Eleusis, 2d ed., London: Routledge, 2001.]
  • Jung, C. G., 'On the Psychology of the Trickster-Figure' (CW9i) [Also available in C. G. Jung, Four Archetypes, 3d ed., London: Routledge, 2003.]
  • Jung, C. G., 'Wotan' (CW10) [Also available in C. G. Jung, Essays on Contemporary Events, 2d ed., London: Routledge, 2002]
  • Jung, C. G., 'On Rebirth' (CW9i) [Also available in C. G. Jung, Four Archetypes, 3d ed., London: Routledge, 2003.]
  • Jung, C. G., 'Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky', 1-5 and Epilogue (CW 10) [Also available as C. G. Jung, Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky, 2d ed., London: Routledge, 2002.]
  • Jung, C. G., Memories, Dreams, Reflections, I-VI
  • Jung, C. G., Memories, Dreams, Reflections, VII-XII and Retrospect
  • Coupe, L. (1997) Myth, London and New York: Routledge.
  • Jung, C. G. (1911-12/1952) Collected Works, vol. 5, Symbols of Transformation, 2d ed., London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1967.
  • Jung, C. G. (1936) 'Wotan', in Collected Works, vol. 10, Civilization in Transition, 2d ed., London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1970.
  • Jung, C. G. (1940) 'The Psychology of the Child Archetype', in Collected Works, vol. 9i, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, 2d ed., London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968.
  • Jung, C. G. (1940/1950) 'Concerning Rebirth', in Collected Works, vol. 9i, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, 2d ed., London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968.
  • Jung, C. G. (1941) 'The Psychological Aspects of the Kore', in Collected Works, vol. 9i, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, 2d ed., London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968.
  • Jung, C. G. (1954) 'On the Psychology of the Trickster-Figure', in Collected Works, vol. 9i, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, 2d ed., London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968.
  • Jung, C. G. (1958) 'Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies', in Collected Works, vol. 10, Civilization in Transition, 2d ed., London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1970.
  • Jung, C. G. (1963) Memories, Dreams, Reflections Recorded and edited by A. Jaffé, trans. R. and C. Winston, London: Collins and Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1963.
  • Jung, C. G. et al. (1964) Man and His Symbols, London: Aldus and Jupiter, 1979.
  • Jung, C. G. (2002a) Essays on Contemporary Events, 2d ed., London: Routledge.
  • Jung, C. G. (2002b) Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky, 2d ed., London: Routledge.
  • Jung, C. G. (2003) Four Archetypes, 3d ed., London: Routledge.
  • Jung, C. G. and Kerényi, C. (2001) The Science of Mythology: Essays on the Myth of the Divine Child and the Mysteries of Eleusis, 2d ed., London: Routledge.
  • Radin, P. (1956) The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology, with commentaries by Karl Kerényi and C. G. Jung, introductory essay by Stanley Diamond, New York: Shocken Books, 1978.
  • Rowland, S. (2005) Jung as a Writer, London and New York: Routledge.
  • Segal, R. (2004) Myth: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Segal, R. (ed.) (1998) Jung on Mythology, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press; London: Routledge.
  • Tacey, D. (2006) How to Read Jung, London: Granta.
  • Walker, S. (1995) Jung and the Jungians on Myth: An Introduction, New York and London: Garland Publishing Inc.

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