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Melville's Moby Dick: An American Nekyia (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts #69)
The great American novel Moby-Dick is a psychological document which, like a dream, needs interpretation and elaboration of its images for its meaning to emerge fully. The subtitle of this work underscores the correspondence between Melville's deep internal struggle and the hidden complexities within us all.
Paperback, 156 pages
Published April 30th 2004 by Inner City Books
(first published June 1976)
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This is a phenomenal book for anyone who loves to wrestle with the labyrinth of a novel that is Moby-Dick. Edinger brilliantly unpacks the layered archetypes and symbols upon which the novel is built, and he writes very lucidly and with passion. Each sentence offers a new discovery. I rate this four+ stars because of the innumerable insights it provides, and I agree with Edinger's interpretations up until a point. I feel he significantly misread the chapter "The Pequod Meets the Bachelor." Thoug ...more
More useful as a Jung primer and Melville biography than criticism. I was kind of hoping that Mr. Ed Ed would come up with a funky new interpretation, but it's actually a pretty straightforward reading overlaid with some Jungian metaphors that could just as easily be substituted with Dionysian/Apollonian, reason/intuition, etc... I don't find criticism that relies heavily on binary opposition to be terribly interesting or helpful nowadays. In any case, I more or less came to the same conclusions ...more
Dr. Edward F. Edinger, M.D., was a leading Jungian psychoanalyst and a founding member of the C.G. Jung Foundation, in Manhattan, as well as the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. He was the institute's president from 1968 to 1979, when he moved to Los Angeles, where continued his practice for 19 years and became a senior analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. He previously served as a m ...moreMore about Edward F. Edinger
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