Atfield, Joy Rosemary 2007 0-7734-5391-1 168 pages This book is a study of the poetry of Seamus Heaney collected in his volume Opened Ground, in which the poems are read in Jungian terms. Heaney had referred to himself as “Jungian in religion” and naturally used terms such as “initiation”, “individuation” and the “unconscious” in interviews and essays. Therefore, key Jungian terms are examined in relation to Heaney’s poetic expression of these and explored through at least one poem from each of the collections represented in Opened Ground. This allows for an exploration of the creative tensions involved in the poet’s presentation of personal, poetic and political concerns, while also allowing for further examination of the powerful physicality and musical qualities of the language in which he luxuriates.
Bishop, Paul 2000 0-7734-7593-1 496 pages Examines, for the first time, the filiation of a philosophical concept in relation to its use by the major 20th century thinker, C. G. Jung. It is a timely contribution to the history of the development of analytical psychology, as well as the ‘history of an idea’. It represents a new and substantial argument about the significance of Jung, placing him in an often-overlooked but vitally important intellectual context. It shows how Jung’s theory of synchronicity stems from a long and deep preoccupation with such central themes of German philosophy as the mind-body problem, the notion of intellectual intuition, and the critical philosophy of Immanuel Kant. It contextualizes Jung’s misprisioning of Kant in terms of the modernist interest in mysticism and occultism.