Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Treasure Hunting: A Hermeneutical Inquiry into the Final Painting of Liber Novus
by Laughlin, Kiley Quincy, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 431; 10288524
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation employs a hermeneutic methodology via deductive and imaginal approaches which chiefly rely on Liber Novus and Jung’s Collected Works to examine image 169 and critically situate the work in a hermeneutic framework. The purpose of this study is to explore the likely relationship between image 169 and Jung’s personal myth and his individual cosmology. I also consider how image 169 may shed light on the meaning of Jung’s psychology and analyze the figures depicted in image 169. Jung did not realize his personal myth until around 1930, which coincides with the probable year he began painting image 169. From the earliest moments of Jung’s childhood, he experienced elaborate fantasies, which culminated in his confrontation with the unconscious. Between 1913 and 1916, Jung documented his fantasies in a series of black notebooks, which he later transcribed into Liber Novus: The Red Book. Jung’s experiences during this time period compelled him to consider the relationship between the living personality and the community of the dead. Image 169 suggests a pictorial formulation of Jung’s psychology and what I have termed as the apocatastasis of the dead. Both Western and Eastern sources seem to have influenced Jung’s rendering of the image, as evidenced by his study of Zimmer’s Artistic Form and Yoga in the Sacred Images of India, the Shri-Chakra-Sambhara Tantra, and the fantasies of Kristine Mann.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Le Grice, Keiron
Commitee: Cambray, Joseph, Stein, Murray
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Religion, Philosophy, Behavioral Sciences
Keywords: Apocatastasis, Dead, Individuation, Liber novus, Mandala, Red book
Publication Number: 10288524
ISBN: 978-1-369-86217-1
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