The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype

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Pantheon Books, 1955 - Mother-goddesses - 380 pages
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Neumann examines how the Feminine has been experienced and expressed in many cultures from prehistory to our own time. Appearing as goddess and demon, gate and pillar, garden and tree, hovering sky and containing vessel, the Feminine is seen as an essential factor in the dialectical relation of individual consciousness, symbolized by the child, to the ungraspable matrix, symbolized by the Great Mother.

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Review: The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype (Bollingen)

User Review  - Keli Wright - Goodreads

Not a light read. Very interesting, though at times (as with most dense works) I had to force myself to keep reading. It fulfilled its purpose well, however, and I definitely came away with a better ... Read full review

Review: The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype (Bollingen)

User Review  - Guy - Goodreads

Challenging read! The first half was extremely hard to plow through, but the second half made up for it. This is a fascinating read. From my notes when I read it (pre-1998) I wrote: Neumann's Great ... Read full review

About the author (1955)

Erich Neumann, one of C.G. Jung's pupils, was among the most creative in building on Jung's work and carrying it forward in new explorations and syntheses. Before he met Jung he was trained in philosophy and medicine. He was also a poet and novelist. A native of Germany, he completed his medicinal studies in Berlin but, owing to the activities of the Nazis, left Germany in 1934 and, after studying with Jung in Zurich, emigrated to Tel Aviv. His range of understanding is apparent in his writings of which the major works have been translated into English. These include: 'The Great Mother; Art and the Creative Unconscious; Depth Psychology and a New Ethic' and 'The Child: Structure and Dynamics of the Nascent Personality'.

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