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Blandford, N. (2002). Books received. J. Anal. Psychol., 47(3):523-525.

(2002). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 47(3):523-525

Books received

Compiled by:
Nicola Blandford

Analytical Psychology

EDINGER, EDWARD F. The Psyche on Stage: Individuation Motifs in Shakespeare and Sophocles. Toronto: Inner City Books, 2001. Pp. 93. Pbk $16. 00.

Three papers by Edward Edinger on the development of the relationship between Self and ego are brought together in this short book. The first two use psychological analysis of two plays by Shakespeare, Measure for Measure and Romeo and Juliet, to explore archetypal manifestations of the sacred marriage, the coniunctio and the search for wholeness. Sophocles' plays Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus are used in the third essay to illustrate the individuation process through the archetype of the tragic hero. In each piece the points are well made with quotations from the plays as well as from literary scholars; the book itself is engaging, interesting and maybe a bit old fashioned. The British psychotherapist and author, Dr Murray Cox, perhaps did this kind of thing in a more sophisticated and more clinical way, although not, of course, from a Jungian perspective.

FURTH, GREGG M. The Secret World of Drawings: A Jungian Approach to Healing through Art. Toronto: Inner City Books, 2002. Pp. 153. Pbk $20.00.

This is the second edition of a book by Zürich-trained analyst Gregg Furth, who practises in New York. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote the Introduction and has been an important influence, as have Jolande Jacobi and Susan Bach. It is not a book about art therapy, but rather one in which drawings are used for exploration and sometimes diagnosis.

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