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Andy McCormack - ‘History, Tragedy, Comedy, Futurity: Drama and Jungian Theories of Childhood, Contemporary Fiction’

(Live speaker presentation; in-house) McCormack builds upon new ways of ‘doing’ Jungian literary criticism by exploring how Jungian concepts have become embedded in contemporary fiction. Moving away from an analysis of the monomyth or hero’s journey template ... focussing on Jungian concepts ...

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Andy McCormack - ‘History, Tragedy, Comedy, Futurity: Drama and Jungian Theories of Childhood, Contemporary Fiction’
Andy McCormack - ‘History, Tragedy, Comedy, Futurity: Drama and Jungian Theories of Childhood, Contemporary Fiction’

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20 Jan 2023, 19:30 – 21:30 GMT

Zoom & In-House Event, Friends Meeting House, 91-93 Hartington Grove, Cambridge CB1 7UB, UK

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Andy McCormack is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. He has published in "Analytical Psychology", "Opus Magnum" 2022, and in book chapters; details below.

History, Tragedy, Comedy, Futurity: The Dramatisation of Jungian Theories of Childhood in Contemporary Fiction

In response to the innovative work of Jungian literary critics Terence Dawson and Susan Rowland, McCormack builds upon their new ways of ‘doing’ Jungian literary criticism by exploring how Jungian concepts have become embedded in contemporary fiction. Moving away from an analysis of the monomyth or hero’s journey template most readily associated with traditional Jungian literary criticism, this talk focusses on Jungian concepts and their - at times neglected - aspects pertaining specifically to childhood and children’s culture. Through texts drawn from four genres (history, tragedy, comedy and futurity), Andy will explore how Jung’s concepts of the inherited complex, the shadow, the inner or eternal child and the collective unconscious respectively are dramatised and challenged in these artefacts of the contemporary cultural consciousness. This work looks towards a reconsideration of how Jung has contributed to our conceptualisation of childhood and children’s culture, and the functions of children’s literature in both shaping and potentially disrupting these constructs.

Biography

Andy McCormack is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. Over the course of his studies in Jungian literary theory, Andy has visited the Jung Institut (Zurich), presented his research for the International Association of Analytical Psychology (Berlin/online), and undertaken a visiting Fellowship at the Kluge Center, Library of Congress (Washington, DC). Recent publications include ‘Beyond the Hero’s Journey: Reading Children’s Books in the Adult Imagination as Sites for Jungian Exploration’ in Analytical Psychology in Dialogue, Discourse and in Confrontation (Opus Magnum, 2022) and ‘“Performing a Kind of Self-Psychoanalysis”: Childhood Revisited through Writing and Reading’ in Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).

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