Amor and Psyche: The Psychic Development of the Feminine: A Commentary on the Tale of Apuleius

Author(s) : Erich Neumann

Amor and Psyche: The Psychic Development of the Feminine: A Commentary on the Tale of Apuleius

Book Details

  • Publisher : Princeton U.P.
  • Published : 1992
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 192
  • Category :
    Jung and Analytical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 4877
  • ISBN 13 : 9780691017723
  • ISBN 10 : 0691017727
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The renowned tale of Amor and Psyche, from Apuleius' second-century Latin novel The Golden Ass, is one of the most charming fragments of classical literature. Neumann chose it as the exemplar of an unusual study of feminine psychology. Unfolding the spiritual and mythical background of the pagan narrative, he shows how the contest between the mortal maid Psyche and the great goddess Aphrodite over the god Amor - Aphrodite's son, Psyche's husband - yields surprising and valuable insights into the psychic life of women.

About the Author(s)

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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