Dream Interpretation Ancient and Modern: Notes from the Seminar Given in 1936-1941

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From 1936 to 1941, C. G. Jung gave a four-part seminar series in Zurich on children’s dreams and the historical literature on dream interpretation. This book completes the two-part publication of this landmark seminar, presenting the sessions devoted to dream interpretation and its history. Here we witness Jung as both clinician and teacher: impatient and sometimes authoritarian but also witty, wise, and intellectually daring, a man who, though brilliant, could be vulnerable, uncertain, and humbled by life’s ...

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Overview

From 1936 to 1941, C. G. Jung gave a four-part seminar series in Zurich on children’s dreams and the historical literature on dream interpretation. This book completes the two-part publication of this landmark seminar, presenting the sessions devoted to dream interpretation and its history. Here we witness Jung as both clinician and teacher: impatient and sometimes authoritarian but also witty, wise, and intellectually daring, a man who, though brilliant, could be vulnerable, uncertain, and humbled by life’s mysteries. These sessions open a window on Jungian dream interpretation in practice, as Jung examines a long dream series from the Renaissance physician Girolamo Cardano. They also provide the best example of group supervision by Jung the educator. Presented here in an inspired English translation commissioned by the Philemon Foundation, these sessions reveal Jung as an impassioned teacher in dialogue with his students as he developed and refined the discipline of analytical psychology.

An invaluable document of perhaps the most important psychologist of the twentieth century at work, this splendid book is the fullest representation of Jung’s interpretations of dream literatures, filling a critical gap in his collected works.

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"Full of symbols, analogies, and speculation, this entertaining, scholarly book will be accessible to general readers interested in psychology, anthropology, and the occult."Library Journal

"Dream Interpretation Ancient and Modern can be very useful for readers who have little or no understanding that dreams were interesting to well-educated scholars for thousands of years before Freud and Jung began their investigations. . . . [T]he book is worth examination by anyone interested in the ideas of Jung or dream interpretation. Jung's comments in this work, as usual, are interesting, erudite, and extremely helpful."—Ronald Teague, PsycCRITIQUES

"[An] intriguing volume. . . . [T]his book is well researched and will be a welcome addition to Jung collections."Choice

Library Journal
04/01/2014
This book completes a two-part publication in English of a large German volume published in 1987. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875–1961) led a seminar in Zurich from 1936 to 1941. In 14 chapters Jung discusses texts by different authors, with comments and questions from his students. "[Jung's] easily understandable language and the apparent simplicity of the children's dreams facilitate understanding [of] his human side, his humor, and his satirical vein." Unlike his early mentor, Sigmund Freud, Jung focused on anthropology and mysticism in visions rather than sex and aggression. Jung, who traveled in Africa, admired primitives as " natural psychologists " and believed their views corresponded to his own, the result of this respect was a self-described belief that people saw him as a practitioner of demonology. Jung discusses dream interpretation through the ages, disputing Freud on notions of the unconscious—he says, "It's quite cheap simply to impute a wish to the dream text." VERDICT Full of symbols, analogies, and speculation, this entertaining, scholarly book will be accessible to general readers interested in psychology, anthropology, and the occult.—E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691159454
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2014
  • Series: Philemon Foundation Series
  • Edition description: Edited by John Peck, Lorenz Jung & Maria Meyer-Grass, Translated by Ernst Falzeder with the collaboration of Tony Woolfson.
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 492,050
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Peck is a Jungian analyst in private practice. He is a cotranslator of Jung’s Red Book and the author of ten books of poetry, including Contradance. Lorenz Jung, now deceased, was a grandson of C. G. Jung and a Jungian analyst in private practice. Maria Meyer-Grass is a Jungian analyst in private practice. Ernst Falzeder is lecturer at the University of Innsbruck and senior editor at the Philemon Foundation. He is the editor of The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham, 1907–1925.

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Table of Contents

Note to the English Edition vii
Acknowledgments ix
Preface and Introduction by the Original Editors, Lorenz Jung and Maria Meyer-Grass xi
Calendar Contents for the Full Seminar, Winter Term, 1936/37-Winter Term, 1940/41 (coordinated with Children's Dreams Seminar) xvii
Introduction by the editor, John Peck xxi
A. Older Literature on Dream Interpretation (Commencing Winter Term 1936/37)
Chapter 1. Macrobius: Commentarius ex Cicerone in Somnium Scipionis, Paper by W. Bächtold 3
Chapter 2. Artemidorus: Five Books on the Art of Dream Interpretation, Paper by Grete Adler 14
Chapter 3. Synesius of Cyrene: Treatise on Dream Visions, Paper by Rivkah Schãrf 22
Chapter 4. Caspar Peucer, De Somniis, Paper by Marie-Louise von Franz 32
B. The Enlightenment and Romanticism
Chapter 5. M. l'Abbé Richard, Théorie des songes, Paper by Dr. Alice Leuzinger 45
Chapter 6. Franz Splittgerber, Schlaf und Tod, Paper by Kristin Oppenheim 49
C. The Modern Period
Chapter 7. Yves Delage, Le Rêve, Paper by Hans Baumann 57
Chapter 8. Discussion of Paul W. Radestock, Schlaf und Traum, Paper by Dr. Alice Kitzinger 69
Chapter 9. Discussion of Philipp Lersch, Der Traum in der deutschen Romantik, Paper by Dr. Charlotte Spitz 74
Chapter 10. Discussion of Jackson Steward Lincoln, The Dream in Primitive Cultures, Paper by Dr. Kenower Bash 82
Chapter 11. Discussion of Eugène Marais, The Soul of the White Ant, Paper by Carol Baumann 94
D. Visions and Dreams
Chapter 12. Discussion of the Visions of St. Perpetua, Paper by Marie-Louise von Franz 107
Chapter 13. Discussion of the Dreams of the Renaissance Scholar Girolamo Cardano, Paper by Dr. E. Levy 122
Chapter 14. Discussion of Three Dreams of Dr. John Hubbard, alias Peter Blobbs (The Censer, the Swinging Ax, and the Man at the End of the Corridor), Paper by Carol Baumann 216
Bibliography 241
Index 249

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