Jungian Archetypes in 20th Century Women's Fiction the Persona, the Shadow, the Animus and the Self

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“The late Cederstrom understood the irony of taking a strongly feminist view of women’s fiction of the last quarter of the 20th century through the lens of a major psychological theorist … who was male. She offers her rationale at the beginning of this thorough and deep look at fiction by women during an era when women writers were being published and recognized and were blossoming into dominance in the genre. The book’s subtitle accurately outlines the Jungian archetypes Cederstrom examines. She was well read, and her discussion is intelligent….her use of Jung’s archetypal theories provides insights into a large number of novels by prominent women writers. Recommended.” - CHOICE

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings):
1. Masks in the Mirror: The Persona (Kate Chopin; Doris Lessing; Margaret Atwood)
2. Darkness in the Depths: The Shadow (Jung, Neumann, Zweig, et al; Doris Lessing; Marge Piercey; Toni Morrison; Amy Tan; A. S. Byatt)
3. The Creative or Destructive Animus: "Becoming the Men We Wanted to Marry" (Constance Beresford Howe, Marilyn French, Anne Rivers Siddons; Edith Wharton, Marion Engel, Margaret Laurence; Toni Morrison, R. A. Dick, Margaret Drabble, Erica Jong)
4. The End of the Journey: The Self (Margaret Drabble, Doris Lessing, Margaret Laurence; Margaret Atwood)
Conclusion; Index, Bibliography

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