Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation
Let the Flesh Instruct the Mind:
Best-selling novelist Anne Rice made her publishing debut in 1976 with Interview With the Vampire. The story is about Louis, a two-hundred-year-old vampire, who discusses his experience of becoming a reluctant immortal predator under the mentorship of a vampire named Lestat and of coming to grips with the lack of moral absolutes. His “confessions” captured the imagination of a wide and varied audience, and sales today attest to the fact that Rice conveyed a compelling tale about the loneliness, anxiety, vulnerability, and guilt a vampire might experience. One of the most surprising and original features of the book was a child vampire, who was modeled on Rice's daughter, Michele. Two years before the novel was written, Michele had died of leukemia at the age of five, and seeing life through fiction helped Rice to confront the pain. …
Verusus: Archetypal Images in Professional Wrestling — Eric G. Zengota
Professional wrestling … Why does this sport exert such a fascination for people of all ages? What makes otherwise placid people scream insults in frenzied abandon? Why do a hundred hands stretch out to touch a wrestler as he walks to and from the ring?
The reasons are as diverse as the millions of fans; but a Jungian viewpoint reveals certain recurring archetypal images that pattern the phenomenon and are all the more powerful because they appeal to the fans' subliminal, instinctive needs and desires. …
Beyond the Gingerbread House: Addiction, Recovery and Esoteric Thought — David Dan
As I was preparing to write this article, I noticed that Bass Ale had begun a new advertising campaign. “Why does Man exist?” reads the billboard, which includes a picture of a thoughtful Nietzsche. “Bass helps you get to the bottom of it all.” Like the initial analytic dream, this ad seemed to embody the various themes I wanted to develop: the linkage of meaning and intoxication, its exploitation by popular culture, and the idea, implied by the marvelously unintended double-entendre, that what the drinker really seeks is “the bottom.” …
The Medium is the Messenger: The Archetypal Andy Warhol — John Lundquist
Both art and religion have always been preoccupied with death in one form or another. American culture, however, is an elaborate attempt to deny the reality of death. Moreover, our cultural repertoire of mythic images has its roots in the Neolithic Revolution of ten thousand years ago. The genius of Andy Warhol was to reimagine the mythic in terms of American post-industrial culture. Warhol's preoccupations with extinction, with the shadow world, led him to create what must be recognized as a genuine mythic system in which the old archetypes can be appropriated anew: death, evil, universal destruction, loneliness, fame, heroism. His art reestablished the broken link between mythic experience and experience in an industrial/post-industrial world; it transformed common twentieth-century images into powerful archetypal expressions. Warhol's public persona — the shallow, fashion-conscious New York dilettante — was just that: a mask, flaunted perhaps to keep his true self private. His work reveals his authentic personality. …
Reinventing the “Same Old Story”: A Conversation with Harold Schechter on Popular Culture — Karin Barnaby
Harold Schechter is an authority on American popular culture. He is a professor of English at Queens College—CUNY. Among the courses he teaches is one on “Myth and American Popular Culture,” which is based on Jungian theory. He has written various books and textbooks on the subject of pop culture. Among them are The New Gods: Psyche and Symbol in Popular Cuture; The Bosom Serpent: Folklore and Popular Art; Patterns in Popular Culture; and Film Tricks. He has also written two works of a projected true crime trilogy: Deviant and Deranged. Harold and his wife, Jonna Semeiks, have completed their first collaboration on a work of fiction, Dying Breath, a horror novel, to be published by Simon and Schuster in 1992. …
Joseph Campbell: An Answer to Some Criticisms — Joseph L. Henderson
Since the death of Joseph Campbell, a number of recent publications have printed letters from former colleagues and students that take his views to task. Campbell stands posthumously accused of three offenses: anti-Semitism, inaccuracy as a scholar, and the derogation of depth psychology. My purpose in writing this essay is to help resolve some of the controversy that has centered around Joseph Campbell and his relation to our society. I will discuss the charges made against him one at a time. …
One Last Look at The Last Temptation — Lenore Thomson Bentz
Now that The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) has passed out of public controversy into the dusty bargain bins of local video stores, it may be time to take another look at this earnestly made, but curiously unaffecting film. When I first saw it, I thought it was a rather bizarre attempt to present the Christ story in a way that was faithful to the Gospels' many irreconcilable views of Jesus by treating them as psychological aspects of the man himself. Thus, the movie's confused and neurotic Jesus. So I was struck by the consistent emphasis of the religious groups who protested the movie. Their major concern was not the ambivalence of purpose displayed by the fictionalized Jesus, but the blasphemy presumed in the putative last temptation: the desire of Jesus to fulfill his sexual nature and to have children. …
Liliane Frey-Rohn: Of Quiet Depth — Stephen A. Martin
We have lost in recent years too many of those who were close colleagues and friends of C. G. Jung — pioneers in analytical psychology, well-known to our community because of their work and by way of the stories, anecdotes, and outright tales that have arisen as the natural byproucts of those legendary times. If the exploration of the collective realms of the psyche could be envisioned as a great tree, then these people are among its finest fruits, for whom, poignantly and sadly, the season passes. Thus it is with heaviness of heart that I report the sudden death of Liliane Frey-Rohn earlier this year. …
Dr. Werner H. Engel (1901–1991): In Memoriam — Edith Wallace
Dr. Werner Engel died in October, six months after celebrating his ninetieth birthday. Having had the privilege of a forty-year friendship with Dr. Engel, I write this in his honor. … Dr. Engel was a fighter, yet he accepted what was. This is surely the spirit of true religion. Or shall we say the spirit of being a good Jungian? …
An Encyclopedia of Archetypal Symbolism — Beverly Moon, Editor. Shambhala Publications, Inc. 1990. Reviewed by Stephen A. Martin.
Divine Madness: Archetypes of Romantic Love — John R. Haule. Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1990. Reviewed by Elizabeth S. Strahan.
The World Beyond the Hill — Alexei and Cory Panshin. Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. 1989. Reviewed by Gisela M. Behrens.
The Circle of Care: Clinical Issues in Jungian Therapy – Warren Steinberg. Inner City Books. 1990. Reviewed by Richard Stein.
Iron John: A Book About Men — Robert Bly. Addison-Wesley. 1990. Reviewd by John Romig Johnson.
To Be a Woman: The Birth of the Conscious Feminine — Connie Zweig, Editor. Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. 1990. Reviewed by Deborah A. Wesley.
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