Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Spring Comes to the Wasteland: A Psychological Study of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn
by Cordry, Christopher S., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 61; 1527515
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis considers Peter S. Beagle’s 1968 novel The Last Unicorn from the perspective of the analytical psychology of Carl G. Jung. A review of published criticism on the novel leaves major questions regarding its psychological meaning and potential clinical implications. Making use of the Jungian school of depth psychology’s unique hermeneutic approach, the novel’s major symbols are amplified in terms of their mythological, religious, and literary contexts and parallels. This leads to a preliminary psychological interpretation of the novel and a discussion of its possible applications in clinical practice. Major themes include trauma, alienation, the wounded feeling function, and the mythology of the wasteland and the wounded Fisher King.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliott, Michael
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Publication Number: 1527515
ISBN: 9781303795251
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