English 391W: Dreams

Reading Jung

February 21, 2010 · No Comments

For Wednesday’s class, be sure you read Gordon Harvey’s “Elements of the Academic Essay” carefully. Then, choose two of his “elements” and find examples of them at work in Jung’s “General Aspects of Dream Psychology” or “On Dreams.” Be prepared to explain Harvey’s defiition (and why it’s importnat for writing) and to discuss how Jung uses that element to develop his argument about dreams (in response to Freud’s).

When you’re reading Jung, you should be attentive to his key terms. If you understand these, you probably understand his theory pretty well. Here’s a list of the major ones:

compensation
finality
dream-image
collective unconscious
archetypes (motifs, mythologems)
alchemy
imago (projection)
“taking up the context”
exposition, development, culmination, solution

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