A Forgotten Myth
Published October 20th 2011 by Routledge – 160 pages
Anteros: A Forgotten Myth explores how the myth of Anteros disappears and reappears throughout the centuries, from classical Athens to the present day, and looks at how the myth challenges the work of Freud, Lacan, and Jung, among others. It examines the successive cultural experiences that formed and inform the myth and also how the myth sheds light on individual human experience and the psychoanalytic process.
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This book presents an important argument at the boundaries of the disciplines of analytical psychology, psychoanalysis, art history, and mythology. It will therefore be essential reading for all analytical psychologists and psychoanalysts as well as art historians and those with an interest in the meeting of psychoanalytic thought and mythology.
"This book combines acute psychological insight and aesthetic sensitivity with consummate scholarship: a love of learning and a subtle interpretative intellect are evident on every page." - Paul Bishop, University of Glasgow, UK
"A masterful book. The animating idea is brilliant, and the scholarly reach is both expansive and precise. Anteros culminates in three case studies which Stephenson brings from his clinical practice: a perfect linking of the archaic and the modern, the theoretical and the everyday." - Wendy Lesser, Editor of The Threepenny Review, author of Music For Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and His Fifteen Quartets
"In the great tradition of Jane Harrison's studies of early Greek religion, Craig Stephenson's elegant book narrates an intellectual detective story that originates in Ancient Greece and spans the centuries." - Tom Singer, Author/Editor of The Cultural Complex: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives on Psyche and Society; and Ancient Greece/Modern Psyche
Introduction. Resident Alien: Anteros in Classical Greek and Roman Settings. La Récuperation: Anteros in the Italian Renaissance. Anteros as Contr’amour in the French Enlightenment. Chthonic Anteros in the French Romantic Cosmology. Anteros at the Threshold of English Modernism. Contemporary Artists of the Anterotic. Psychologizing Anteros: Freud, Lacan, Girard. Psychologizing Anteros: Jung. Three Anterotic Moments in a Consulting Room. An Open End: Anteros as a More Visible Mystery.
Craig E. Stephenson is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich, the Institute for Psychodrama, Zumikon, and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. His most recent book is Possession: Jung’s Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche (Routledge, 2009).