This dissertation addresses the specific text of Antigone, a Sophoclean tragedy, by bringing the characters and the temperament of tragedy into the realm of modern businesswomen. Relying on areas of depth psychology and my own experience as a woman business owner for over 25 years, I believe that the figure of Antigone reveals insights for both women and men in the corporate environment. The central research question of this theoretical work is: How do both the play, Antigone, and the leading figure speak to women in business today, as regards both the individual psyche of women and the more corporate psyche of the business field? The framework is a textual hermeneutic method.
Beginning with basic principles from Jungian psychology, the study explores how the anima and animus, along with aspects of the shadow and other archetypal images, interact in both the conflict between Creon and Antigone in the original work, and corporate situations as modern women become more present in the management layers of corporations. It continues with an overview of Jung's psychological types as utilized by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which today is frequently applied in business management assessments.
The subject of power throughout the original text and the ways in which power affects today's business world are crucial to this study. I include several profiles of modern businesswomen in various degrees of success to determine how power relates to business and also how power is used differently by men and women.
The action of this tragedy, especially Antigone's suicide, topples Creon, the despot king, and collapses the government of Thebes. Antigone, who appears to have no power at all, directs the entire tragedy, including the suicides of Haemon, her betrothed, and his grief-stricken mother, Eurydice. When relying on the notion that tragedy is a symbolic space for discovery about both strengths and weaknesses within the human community, the actions and motives of these characters yield rich insights into the way in which people today interact. The result of this study evidences that human behavior, from ancient to modern times, is characterized by corresponding and similar archetypal patterns.
|Advisor:||Slattery, Dennis Patrick|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 70/05, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Antigone, Business women, Depth psychology, Jung, C. G., Sophocles, Women in business|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be