Re: Jung and Symbolism (fwd)

ray scupin (scupin@LC.LINDENWOOD.EDU)
Fri, 16 Sep 1994 12:39:20 -0500

Dear Colleagues:

This is one reply that I received from a religious studies list
regarding critical work on Jungian symbolism and J. Campbell.

Ray Scupin

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Date: Thu, 15 Sep 1994 20:58:27 -0500
To: Multiple recipients of list RELIGION
Subject: Re: Jung and Symbolism (fwd)

Wendy Doniger (O'Flaherty) at the University of Chicago has lots
of interesting things to say about the Jungian collective unconscious
and the notion of archetypal patterns appropriated by Joseph
Campbell in his work on myth. Her Other Peoples' Myths is a very
accessible study that focuses on the differences between myths
rather than their similarities. She sees "archetypal patterns" as
stemming from human experience rather than from some inborn psychic
substrate. She appreciates the fact that Campbell got people interested
in myth, but chides him for glossing over the differences between
myths that stem from cultural and experiential differences. I have
used this book in an undergraduate religious philosophies courses
and students like it. Also her Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities
(which is a bit denser) touches on some of the same issues.
Fraser Snowden
Louisiana Scholars' College
at Northwestern State University
Natchitoches LA