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Shadow : searching for the hidden self
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New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, [2002]
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155 pages : illustrations ; cm.
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PS509.A73 S53 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The volumes in this series highlight the artistry of America's collective spirit, as they reveal how archetypal images shape and distinguish us as a people.

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Booklist Review

Readers of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell will be familiar with the concept of archetypes, symbolic figures that embody key aspects of our contradictory nature, from the hero to the fool. The highly innovative and gorgeously illustrated series, Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious: Reflecting American Culture through Literature and Art, considers American variations on these ancient themes in volumes that combine provocative writings, Native American myths, and extraordinarily well chosen images, both handmade and photographic. Andrew Weil introduces The Healer by discussing "the paradox of the healer archetype," the fact that although people depend on a healer, whether physician or spiritual guide, to eradicate their ills, healing must come from within. And sure enough, the essays that follow depict the complexities and mysteries of the healer's role. William Carlos Williams portrays a doctor who becomes enraged by a stubborn child, and Oliver Sacks describes an 89-year-old patient who presents him with a surprisingly accurate self-diagnosis. Other eloquent contributors include Langston Hughes, Lewis Thomas, and medical intuitive Caroline Myss. The archetypal romantic lover stands for "the single greatest energy system that governs our lives," writes Jungian analyst Robert Johnson in his wise and reflective introduction to The Lover. Johnson cautions that for all its passion and excitement, however, romantic love is also the source of painful illusions, and love's many faces are revealed in stories, essays, and poems rich in sensuality, psychological subtlety, irony, and humor. Intense and revealing vignettes by Lydia Davis, Joe Balay, and Joyce Carol Oates vie with Mark Twain's satirically keen "From the Diaries of Adam and Eve," while arresting juxtapositions of text and picture make this volume particularly alluring. America, writes best-selling author Jean Houston in introducing The Seeker, is "the seeker's paradise, the visionary land of freedom and opportunity" and a magnet for people on quests pragmatic or spiritual. The American psyche is shaped by both the nation's success and failure in living up to the dreams of seekers hoping for personal revelation and spiritual communion, and America is home to a dazzling diversity of spiritual perspectives and practices, which are reflected in such intriguing selections as excerpts from The Wizard of Oz; poems by Whitman, Frost, and Alice Walker; accounts of spiritual visions by Richard Russo and Rachel Naomi Remen; and the wisdom of Martin Luther King. Every aspect of life has its shadow, but people are reluctant to talk about it, observes poet Robert Bly in his introduction to The Shadow, the most sobering of these four engaging and illuminating inquiries into American archetypes. We must face our dark side, Bly declares, to understand our past, control our less than altruistic impulses, and realize our dream of a better world. The unexpected selections that follow bear this out. Courageous glimpses into the dark side by Frederick Douglass, Bernard Malamud, Shirley Jackson, Anne Sexton, Stephen King, and Adrienne Rich evince a strange, sorrowful, yet hopeful beauty as they intuitively channel an archetype's infinitely resonant power. --Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

"The darkness that lies within" is the diffuse but evocative organizing principle of this collection of stories, poems and art reproductions, the first of four volumes in the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious series. Some two dozen selections explore many facets of the macabre, violent, and disturbing side of life. Among them, an excerpt from Stephen King's Cujo looks at the undying evil that lurks in children's closets; Shirley Jackson's The Lottery examines the banal murderousness of social convention; and Frederick Douglass plumbs the depths of racial bigotry. The project's overtly Jungian agenda is fleshed out in an introduction by poet and men's movement guru Bly, who speculates that "over the last 400,000 years every act of violence our ancestors witnessed" has been "stored in some remote place"-perhaps a part of the brain called the amygdala, where psychological "traumas" are sequestered and from which they sometimes leak out to cause flashbacks and multiple personality disorders. But despite all the neuro-psychology, the Shadow Archetype remains a contentless notion; pointing out that humans have a hidden dark side is neither a satisfactory explanation of evil nor an adequate unifying concept for the wide range of experience explored in these pieces. As an excuse to gather up a grab bag of disturbing literary gems, though, it will do. Paintings and photos of bleak landscapes and grotesque figures heighten the lugubrious mood; frequent typos mar its slick pages. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Robert BlyMark Robert WaldmanAnne SextonStephen KingJoyce Carol OatesShirley JacksonAdrienne RichNathaniel HawthorneHoward FastRobert FrostBel KaufmanFrederick DouglassWalt WhitmanHerman MelvilleFred ChappellEdgar Allan PoeRisa MickenbergKirk NessetMark Robert WaldmanBernard MalamudBruce Holland RogersKim AddonizioStephen DixonA. M. HomesMartin EspadaWilliam Golding
About This Seriesp. 5
Introduction: Three Views of the Shadowp. 8
Touching Our Darkness Through Stories and Artp. 12
Rumpelstiltskinp. 17
The Monster Never Diesp. 18
A Dark Fablep. 27
The Lotteryp. 30
Diving into the Wreckp. 41
Young Goodman Brownp. 44
Not with a Bangp. 59
In a Disused Graveyardp. 63
Sunday in the Parkp. 65
Diary of an American Slavep. 71
You Felons on Trial in Courtsp. 74
The Whalep. 77
Children of Strikersp. 80
The Tell Tale Heartp. 87
Direct Malep. 93
Mr. Agreeablep. 103
Shadows of Lovep. 109
The Modelp. 111
The Dead Boy at your Windowp. 116
Survivorsp. 123
The Signingp. 124
Please Remain Calmp. 130
For the Jim Crow Mexican Restaurantp. 141
The Beastp. 142
Acknowledgmentsp. 148
About the Editorp. 149
About the Book Creatorsp. 149
About the Introductory Authorp. 149
Text Acknowledgmentsp. 150
Art Acknowledgmentsp. 153