By Matthew A. Fike

Making use of the analytical psychology of Carl Jung, Matthew A. Fike offers a clean realizing of individuation in Shakespeare. This learn of “the visionary mode”— Jung’s time period for literature that comes in the course of the artist from the collective unconscious—combines a powerful grounding in Jungian terminology and idea with delusion feedback, biblical literary feedback, and postcolonial idea. Fike attracts largely at the wealthy discussions within the gathered Works of C. G. Jung to light up chosen performs resembling A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The service provider of Venice, The Henriad, Othello, and Hamlet in new and spectacular methods. Fike’s transparent and thorough method of Shakespeare bargains intriguing, unique scholarship that might entice scholars and students alike.

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Is right that the playlet signifies “the bondage of the finite mind”;56 and it is this limited horizontal dimension, rather than anything spiritual, that brings A Midsummer Night’s Dream to a close. 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 38 A J UNGIAN S TUDY OF S HAKESPEARE To the best bride-bed will we, Which by us shall blessèd be; And the issue there create [Hippolytus] Ever shall be fortunate.

In the Geneva version, Paul states, “But as it is written, The things which eye hathe not sene, nether eare hathe heard, nether came into man’s heart, are, which God hathe prepared for them that loue him” (1 Cor. 42 More importantly, Bottom’s twisting of the allusion contrasts with Paul’s comment on perception. Whereas Paul suggests that the transcendent realm that awaits human souls in the afterlife is not accessible to the physical senses, Bottom’s language enacts the Jungian point that the collective unconscious is a realm of images, not words.

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 one is unsure whether it took place in the body or out of the body and is unable to capture it in words. Language designed to describe the three-dimensional world is at a disadvantage in the multidimensional realm of spirits. Did Paul and Bottom, like Hermia and Theseus’s poet, merely delve down into the vast reaches of the collective unconscious, or did they move beyond even the transpersonal into the realm of disembodied spirits?

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