By Matthew A. Fike
Applying the analytical psychology of Carl Jung, Matthew A. Fike presents a clean realizing of individuation in Shakespeare. This research 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 fable feedback, biblical literary feedback, and postcolonial idea. Fike attracts generally at the wealthy discussions within the amassed Works of C. G. Jung to light up chosen performs reminiscent of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The service provider of Venice, The Henriad, Othello, and Hamlet in new and incredible methods. Fike’s transparent and thorough method of Shakespeare bargains intriguing, unique scholarship that may entice scholars and students alike.
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He notes, for example, Pico’s view—that “the sphere of the moon” relates to the appetites, strong passions, “or, in a word, concupiscentia” (CW 14, 171/143–44)—which brings to mind Theseus’s statements about the lunatic. So too, in a Jungian reading, the lion represents libido (CW 18, 1078/444). The playlet’s latent content, then, is a world of the unconscious out of control and passion run amuck, as would have been the case if Hermia had slept with (not just beside) Lysander. The lamentable tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe clearly signifies the lust and death that the Athenian lovers narrowly avoid.
It may be that “the unconscious contains timeless contents that have not yet appeared in consciousness,”8 and the timeless nature of the collective unconscious accounts for the precognitive nature of Hermia’s dream. If Demetrius as a supposed murderer is the snake, then the play illustrates Jung’s notion that “dreams can have an anticipatory or prognostic aspect, and [that] their interpreter will be well advised to take this aspect into account” (CW 18, 545/237). As Garber rightly says of Shakespearean dreaming in general, a dream can take “the dreamer momentarily out of time .
The dimensions of space and time set boundaries for our physical bodies and presumably for our conscious minds; but for Jung the unconscious mind—the psychic or spiritual part of the psyche— transcends these boundaries. His implication is that psychic functioning is real. 1057/9780230618558 - A Jungian Study of Shakespeare, Matthew A. com - licensed to Chung Hua University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-04 18 AND B EYOND 19 existence is in itself impossible” (CW 8, 814/414). It might be more precise, however, to say not that the collective unconscious is timeless but that it transcends and includes all time—past, present, and future.
A Jungian Study of Shakespeare: The Visionary Mode by Matthew A. Fike