Jungian literary criticism jungians do not see art structured along sexual lines but in archetypes which may be those of the collective or personal unconscious the poem has some obvious imagery of the collective unconscious sea land interior exterior etc but more useful is an analysis in terms of animus anima archetypes and of the mechanisms of repression and transference. Jungian literary criticism is often applied to the fairytales of the brothers grimm which are quite dark in their original versions it is sometimes easier to understand jungian literary criticism in practice for example in tolkiens the lord of the rings the character of frodo is clearly pitted against his shadow figure gollum. Jungian criticism is a type of literary criticism based on the theories of carl jung a psychiatrist who was a disciple of sigmund freud jung later developed his own theory of analytical psychology a theory that differs markedly from the psychoanalytic theory of freud. Preface to ishmael james baird jungian psychology in criticism some theoretical problems 4 the artists relation to the unconscious joseph l henderson 5 the analytical psychology of cg jung and the problem of literary evaluation mario jacoby 6
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