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Melville's Moby Dick; a Jungian commentary; an American Nekyia

By: Edinger, Edward F. 1922-1998
Material type: TextTextSeries: (New directions book)NY New Directions c1975, 1976, 1978Description: 150p; bibliog.; glossaryContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volume ISBN: 0-8112-0690-4Subject(s): Moby Dick (Melville, Herman) | Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961 | Psychological fiction, American | Psychology | Subconsciousness in literature | Voyages to the otherworld in literature | Melville, Herman, 1819-1891
Contents:
1 Introduction. 2 Melville the man. 3 Ishmael, the alienated one. 4 Queegqueg, the primitive shadow. 5 The sign of Jonah. 6 The nekyia begins. 7 Captain Ahab. 8 Ahab and mythology. 9 The meaning of the whale. 10 The whiteness of the whale. 11 The whale as sphinx and medusa. 12 Fedallah, the avenging angel. 13 Linked analogies. 14 The pact with the devil. 15 Encounter with numinosum. 16 Transformation. 17 Death and rebirth
Abstract: '...Edinger has applied the principles of Jungian analysis to the novel which perhaps more than any other is fully engendered of the American psyche, Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Central to this penetrating commentary is the concept of nekyia, a term borrowed from the Odyssey of Homer, signifying a descent to the underworld--that is, an encounter with the collective unconscious.'
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Art-Psychology : passim.. Symbolism of Bible : Ishmael, p15ff; Jonah, p36; Christ, p64+; Ahab, p49ff; Moses, p51; Satan, p111-20; Tower of Babel, Pentecost, p126; Rachel, p133; Job, p141., passim.. Descent To Underworld : p19ff.. Alienation, Psychic : p19ff.. Shadow In Literature : p24-35.. Jonah : p36-41.. Symbolism of Whale : passimp72ff.. Functions, Psychological : p44ff.. Symbolism of Lamed One : p53ff.. Mythology-Interpretation : Osiris, p61; Prometheus, p63; Perseus, p93; Eros, p115.. Symbolism of White : p79-89.. Monsters : p89-96.. Perseus : p92-96.. Symbolism of Center : p102-10.. Devil : p111-20.. Symbolism of Numbers : The number 40, p135; the number 3, p137-39., p135.. Symbolism of Spiral : p138.

Pub. simult. in Toronto by McLelland & Stewart. Earlier version in ``Quadrant'' Nos. 17; v8, no.1; v9, no. 1; v9, no. 2 (1975-77).

1 Introduction. 2 Melville the man. 3 Ishmael, the alienated one. 4 Queegqueg, the primitive shadow. 5 The sign of Jonah. 6 The nekyia begins. 7 Captain Ahab. 8 Ahab and mythology. 9 The meaning of the whale. 10 The whiteness of the whale. 11 The whale as sphinx and medusa. 12 Fedallah, the avenging angel. 13 Linked analogies. 14 The pact with the devil. 15 Encounter with numinosum. 16 Transformation. 17 Death and rebirth

'...Edinger has applied the principles of Jungian analysis to the novel which perhaps more than any other is fully engendered of the American psyche, Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Central to this penetrating commentary is the concept of nekyia, a term borrowed from the Odyssey of Homer, signifying a descent to the underworld--that is, an encounter with the collective unconscious.'

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