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Author Cole, Robert Pierre
Title "A reality running like a subterranean river under the surface": The place of the Jungian concept of individuation in the non-Deptford writings of Robertson Davies
book jacket
Descript 265 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 59-07, Section: A, page: 2515
Adviser: Ronald Hamowy
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Alberta (Canada), 1998
The "analytic psychology" of Carl Gustav Jung has exerted a considerable influence on a number of notable twentieth-century authors. Among this cohort is the Canadian writer, Robertson Davies. Davies consistently and effectively utilized elements of Jungian theory in his plays, novels and essays from the early 1950s onward. Davies' writings displayed a particular affinity for the Jungian concept of individuation: the process by which the individual brings together the disparate strands of his or her authentic identity. Many of Davies' creations can largely be viewed as discussions of this process
This dissertation seeks to examine the place of Jungian theory, and more specifically individuation, within Davies' corpus. The question of Jung's influence on Davies has been examined previously, but this study will provide a broader coverage of the relevant issues. The study will also attempt to discuss the evolution of Davies' intellectual relationship with Jung's ideas. The manner in which Davies utilized Jungian concepts varied quite markedly over the various phases of his career. This is also an element that has not been emphasized in earlier research
School code: 0351
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 59-07A
Subject Literature, Canadian (English)
Psychology, General
Alt Author University of Alberta (Canada)
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