The Jungian Strand in Transatlantic Modernism
In studies of psychology’s role in modernism, Carl Jung is usually relegated to a cameo appearance, if he appears at all. This book rethinks his place in modernist culture during its formative years, mapping Jung’s influence on a surprisingly vast transatlantic network of artists, writers, and thinkers. Jay Sherry sheds light on how this network grew and how Jung applied his unique view of the image-making capacity of the psyche to interpret such modernist icons as James Joyce and Pablo Picasso. His ambition to bridge the divide between the natural and human sciences resulted in a body of work that attracted a cohort of feminists and progressives involved in modern art, early childhood education, dance, and theater.
“Jay Sherry’s concise book on Carl Jung’s place inwhat he calls “the master narrative of modernism” isan important addition to Jung studies and the historyof American modernism, most particularly in terms ofthe significant figures in literature, education, theater,dance, and painting, whose lives and works were in-fluenced (directly and indirectly) by Jungian theories ofpsychology, creativity, and the collective unconsciousduring both the first and second waves of modernism(approximately the 1910s through the 1950s)”