1 Introduction. 2 Jung's abstract on Nerval from The Symbolic Life (Collected Works Volume 18). 3 Jung's lecture on Gerard de Nerval at the Pychology Club, 1945. 4 Minutes of the discussion following the 1945 lecture. 5 Jung's notes to the 1942 lecture. 6 Jung's first notes on Nerval's Aurelia, 1942. 7 Nerval's Aurelia (1855)
In 1945, at the end of the Second World War and after a long illness, C.G. Jung delivered a lecture in Zurich on the French Romantic poet Gerard de Nerval. The lecture focused on Nerval's visionary memoir, Aurelia, which the poet wrote in an ambivalenet attempt to emerge from madness. Published here for the first time, Jung's lecture is both a cautionary psychological tale and a validation of Nerval's visionary experience as a genuine encounter.