A Guided Tour of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung (Magill's Literary Annual 1990)
Robert Hopeke titled this book A Guided Tour of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung, and that is precisely what it is: a Michelin Guide to a major region of the European intellectual tradition—the mind and work of Carl Gustav Jung—and specifically to the twenty imposing volumes of his Collected Works (1953-1979).
Interestingly enough, Jung’s Collected Works themselves constitute a guided tour of a realm, and it is this realm, which Jung almost alone of the great thinkers of his century has explored, that makes the possession of a key to his mind and work so valuable a tool. Jung is the great explorer of the area known variously as “the imagination,” “the invisible world,” “the world of dreams,” “the psyche,” and “inner space.” In his own terminology, it is the unconscious, and in particular the “collective unconscious,” that he explores.
The Jungian writer D. Streatfeild puts the matter forcefully in his book Persephone: A Study of Two Worlds (1959). “There exists,” he writes, “an inner world, which lies ’outside’ our personal minds, and in which they are contained in exactly the same way as our bodies are contained in the outer world.” It is the realm of those great images (Jung calls them archetypes) which all humankind carries in the back of its mind,” and which emerge in dreams in times of imbalance or accelerated growth, and figure largely in...
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