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Writing about war: Jung, Much Ado About Nothing, and the Troy novels of Lindsay Clarke

Writing about war: Jung, Much Ado About Nothing, and the Troy novels of Lindsay Clarke

Rowland, Susan (2007) Writing about war: Jung, Much Ado About Nothing, and the Troy novels of Lindsay Clarke. JUNG: the e-Journal of the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies, 3 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1715-7978

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Abstract

Arguably, in a time of war literature, and indeed all writing, is saturated with deep psychic responses to conflict. So that not only in literary genres such as epic and tragedy, but also in the novel and comedy, can writing about war be discerned. C.G. Jung, Shakespeare and Lindsay Clarke are fundamentally writers of war who share allied literary strategies. Moreover, they diagnose similar origins to the malaise of a culture tending to war in the neglect of aspects of the feminine that patriarchy prefers to ignore. In repressing or evading the dark feminine, cultures as dissimilar as ancient Greece, the 21st century, Shakespeare's England and Jung's Europe prevent the healing energies of the conjunctio of masculine and feminine from stabilising an increasingly fragile consciousness. In the Troy novels of Clarke, Answer to Job by Jung and Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare, some attempt at spiritual nourishment is made through the writing. [From the Publisher]

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: writing, war, literary criticism, Carl Jung, Shakespeare, Lindsay Clarke,
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Communications & Creative Arts
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 10:06
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/1873

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