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Ring of Power: Symbols and Themes, Love Vs. Power in Wagner's Ring Cycle and in Us: A Jungian-Feminist Perspective

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Brings contemporary relevance to Wagner's Ring of Niebelung, in which the lust for the magic ring of power ultimately destroys the old order of gods. Examines the power of myth and the nature of our own dysfunctions.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Nicolas-Hays (first published 1992)
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Since translating this epic from German for my finals in that language many moons ago, Das Niebelungenlied has resurfaced at unexpected times. Subconsciously I've been worrying it like a dog its bone. Now I know why.

The author breaks the characters of Wagner's operatic Ring Circle into archetypes heavy in symbolism and theme. She addresses the overarching question of love versus power, while clarifying exactly what it means to be a Wotan's daughter, wife, and son. Perhaps what surprised me most
Fans of Jean Shinoda Bolen's other works shouldn't miss this book! Rather than just a listing of archetypes and their accompanying psychological characteristics, Ring of Power is an exploration of archetypes in action. The book explores how focusing on power to the exclusion of all other values is a theme running through Wagner's Ring Cycle operas and how the how the destructive consequences wrought in the operas mirrors real life tragedy. Bolen is not, however, a natural storyteller. Readers no ...more
I honestly knew very little about Wagner's Ring Cycle operas before reading this book and while I did find Jean Shinoda Bolen's break-down of the archetypes in action in this epic tale interesting, it was a bit hard for me to connect deeply with the symbology. She implies that the power dynamics revealed in this series of stories applies to ALL families and I don't necessarily find that to be true. The power dynamics between the male and female characters feels extremely "black & white" and ...more
It's a good book if you never studied the Nieblungs and want to have a new perspective on themes and characters. However if you have already studied the tale in university, this boook won't give any new information. It might be the best idea ever if you read this book along with the original "Das Niebelungenlied" and then Tolkien's "The Legend of Sigurd and Grudun". Bolen focuses mainly on the character Prünhilt and Sivrit and leaves Krimihilt and Gunther behind, which was great for me, beacuse ...more
Such a terrible book that one almost has to assume that it is a failed attempt at satire of Jungian analysis and feminism. Bolen herself is a hack writer who apparently has no musical education, and the analysis itself ignores the score and leitmotifs and instead focuses on the libretto. This book should be avoided at all cost.
Fascinating insights into family dysfunction through analysis of Carl Jung and Wagner's Ring Cycle operas.
Meu primeiro livro junguiano, quão irônico ele ser sobre o ciclo do anel de Wagner.
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Una forma de entender como el patriarcado marco al mundo y a las mujeres.
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Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s "Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award". She is a former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women.
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