By Matthew A. Fike
Making use of the analytical psychology of Carl Jung, Matthew A. Fike presents a clean realizing of individuation in Shakespeare. This research of “the visionary mode”— Jung’s time period for literature that comes throughout the artist from the collective unconscious—combines a powerful grounding in Jungian terminology and thought with delusion feedback, biblical literary feedback, and postcolonial idea. Fike attracts greatly at the wealthy discussions within the accumulated Works of C. G. Jung to light up chosen performs comparable to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The service provider of Venice, The Henriad, Othello, and Hamlet in new and outstanding methods. Fike’s transparent and thorough method of Shakespeare bargains interesting, unique scholarship that might entice scholars and students alike.
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Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet Are of imagination all compact. One sees more devils than vast hell can hold; That is the madman. The lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow [gypsy] of Egypt. 1057/9780230618558 - A Jungian Study of Shakespeare, Matthew A. com - licensed to Chung Hua University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-04 T HE C OLLECTIVE U NCONSCIOUS A J UNGIAN S TUDY OF S HAKESPEARE And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name.
Is man enabled to soar to the designs and acts of God. . ’”61 One may hear in Colet’s statement an anticipation of Wordsworth’s idea that imagination is “Reason in her most exalted mood,”62 but the larger point is that the imagination enables exploration that is both in here and out there. 1057/9780230618558 - A Jungian Study of Shakespeare, Matthew A. com - licensed to Chung Hua University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-04 infinite realm beyond the psyche where spirits dwell. It is beyond doubt that Shakespeare is depicting the visionary mode in the play; that dream, imagination, and vision are means of accessing the unconscious, whether it is personal or collective; and that vision may reach beyond the psychological realm into the spirit world.
Or as he says elsewhere in a passage that seems to echo Shakespeare’s emphasis on “shaping fantasies,” “The creative process . . consists in the unconscious activation of an archetypal image, and in elaborating and shaping this image into the finished work. 1057/9780230618558 - A Jungian Study of Shakespeare, Matthew A. com - licensed to Chung Hua University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-04 T HE C OLLECTIVE U NCONSCIOUS A J UNGIAN S TUDY OF S HAKESPEARE language of the present” (CW 15, 130/82). But “the primordial experience .