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Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche
Archetypes in the Making

by Virginia Beane Rutter and Thomas Singer, Editors

ISBN: 978-1-935528-13-5
253 pp.

From Spring's Analytical Psychology & Contemporary Culture Series
Series Editor: Thomas Singer
This book challenges us to remember that the realm of psyche is older, broader, and deeper than we commonly imagine and that as psyche's realm manifests itself through dreams, myths, poems, art, and other creative works, archetypes are continually in the making. The contributors explore ancient and modern themes of initiation, trauma, gender, journey, homecoming, and love.
Praise for Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche
In this wonderfully inspiring book the authors have forged an entirely new relationship between Ancient Greek myth and our modern psyche.

Never before has there been such a committed and sustained exploration of how the images, dramas, and energies of Greek myth are still vitally alive in our dreams and imaginations and in the mythic structures of our lives.

The editors' passionate love of Greece shines joyfully through the pages, making a delight of its profound scholarship and illuminating the ancient texts from personal experience, which in turn is enlightened by the archetypal perspective of myth. So the rituals of the Ancient Mysteries re-emerge as modern symbols of transformation.

This exciting book is itself a consecration to the rite of individuation.
Chapter 1:
Leaping for Themis: A 40-Year-Long Active Imagination (Singer), Built on a 100-Year-Old-Book (Harrison), Based upon a 3,500-Year-Old Myth (Hymn of the Kouretes)
Thomas Singer
Chapter 2:
Saffron Offering and Blood Sacrifice: Transformation Mysteries in Jungian Analysis
Virginia Beane Rutter
Chapter 3:
Coming Home to Demeter: Reflections on Pregnancy as a Natural Initiation in the Dreams of Immigrant Women
Beate Kortendieck-Rasche
Chapter 4:
Myth, Memory, Mitigation: Natural Disaster and the Ancient Aegeans
Stephen Tobriner
Chapter 5:
Surviving Trauma, Becoming Human: Victim and Hero Roles in the Oresteia of Aeschylus
Richard Trousdell
Chapter 6:
Sappho and Enheduanna
Betty De Shong Meador
Chapter 7:
Wrestling with Eros: The Forgotten Myth of Anteros
Craig Stephenson
Chapter 8:
The Shield of Athena: Archetypal Images and Women as Political Leaders
Betty S. Flowers
Chapter 9:
Bed, Bath, and Beyond: The Journey That Is Not a Journey/The Home That Is Not a Home—Psyche between Home and Homelessness in the Odyssey
Ronald Schenk
Editors Bios:
Virginia Beane Rutter, M.A., M.S., is a Jungian analyst who trained at the C. G. Jung Institutes of Zurich and San Francisco. Her first master's degree in Art History (University of California, Berkeley) and an early sustaining love of Greece developed into a passion for studying ancient myths and rites of passage through art, archaeology, and psychology. These studies grew out of her clinical practice and coalesced around archetypal themes of initiation as they manifest in the unconscious material of women and men today. She is the author of three books, including Woman Changing Woman: Restoring the Mother-Daughter Relationship (1993 and 2009). Her most recent article, "The Archetypal Paradox of Feminine Initiation in Analytic Work," is a chapter in Initiation: The Living Reality of an Archetype (2007), which she co-edited with Thomas Kirsch and Thomas Singer.
Thomas Singer, M.D., is a Jungian analyst and psychiatrist. After studying religion and European literature at Princeton University, he graduated from Yale Medical School and later trained at Dartmouth Medical Center and the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. His writing includes articles on Jungian theory, politics, and psychology, and he has written and/or edited the following books: Who's the Patient Here? Portraits of the Young Psychotherapist (1978, with Stuart Copans); A Fan's Guide to Baseball Fever: The Official Medical Reference (1991, with Stuart Copans and Mitchell Rose); The Vision Thing: Myth, Politics and Psyche in the World (2000); The Cultural Complex: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives on Psyche and Society (2004, with Samuel L. Kimbles); Initiation: The Living Reality of an Archetype (2007; with Thomas Kirsch and Virginia Beane Rutter); and Psyche and the City: A Soul's Guide to the Modern Metropolis (2010).
Contributors' Bios:
Betty Sue Flowers, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of English, University of Texas at Austin, and former director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. At UT Austin, she was the Kelleher Centennial Professor of English as well as a Piper Professor and a member of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from UT Austin and a Ph.D. from the University of London. She was a consultant to Bill Moyers's television series The Power of Myth. Her most recent publications include Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future (with Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer, and Joseph Jaworski, 2004), Christina Rossetti: The Complete Poems (2001), and The American Dream and the Economic Myth (2007). She is also a poet, editor, and business consultant.
Beate Kortendieck-Rasche, M.D., lives in Berlin, where she is a gynaecologist and obstetrician in her own practice. She is married and has three adult children. After her medical education she specialized in psychosomatic medicine and was trained as a couples therapist. The main focus of her work is women's life situations and access to power in different cultures and ages. She did studies in Jungian psychology, mythology, and anthropology. Her special interests are working with pregnant women about their dreams as a preparation for giving birth and consulting with couples about parenthood. A book about these issues will soon be published. She is a member of the board of the C. G. Jung Society of Berlin.
Betty De Shong Meador, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst (now retired) and a member and past president of the San Francisco Society of Jungian Analysts. Her essays in Uncursing the Dark (1992) are woven together with the translation of the Sumerian myth of Inanna's descent to the underworld. Three long poems of the High Priestess Enheduanna, along with Meador's interpretations, appear in Inanna: Lady of Largest Heart (2000). Princess, Priestess, Poet: The Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna (2009) completes her translation of all of Enheduanna's known work. In addition, Meador has contributed chapters to The Vision Thing (edited by Thomas Singer), The Cultural Complex (edited by Thomas Singer and Sam Kimbles), and Initiation (edited by Thomas Singer, Virginia Beane Rutter, and Thomas Kirsch). A chapter on the Sumerian goddess of writing, Nisaba, will appear in Goddesses in World Religion (3 vols., edited by Patricia Monaghan, Praeger, 2011).
Ronald Schenk, Ph.D., received his master's degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and initial training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in New Haven, Connecticut. He lived and worked with Navajo Native Americans before receiving a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Dallas, specializing in phenomenological psychology. He trained in Jungian Analysis with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and has served as senior training analyst and president of the society. He is currently in private practice in Dallas and Houston, Texas. His interests lie in clinical training, cultural psychology, and postmodernism. He has published several essays in Spring Journal and is the author of The Soul of Beauty: A Psychological Investigation of Appearance (1992), Dark Light: The Appearance of Death in Everyday Life (2000), and The Sunken Quest, The Wasted Fisher, The Pregnant Fish: Postmodern Reflections on Depth Psychology (2002).
Craig Stephenson, Ph.D., is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute (Zürich), the Institut für Psychodrama auf der Grundlage der Jungschen Psychologie (Zumikon), and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex (Colchester). He is an analyst in private practice. His publications include Possession: Jung's Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche (2009) and the translation from the French of Luigi Aurigemma's book Jungian Perspectives (2007). "Wrestling with Eros" is an abridged section from Anteros: A Forgotten Myth, to be published by Routledge in 2011.
Stephen Tobriner, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Architectural History at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught for thirty-five years. His research has focused on architecture and cities in Sicily and the history of reconstruction after earthquakes in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. He is the author of The Genesis of Noto: An Eighteenth-CenturySicilian City (1982), republished in Italian as La genesi di Noto, una città italiana del Settecento (1989), and Bracing for Disaster: Earthquake-Resistant Architecture and Engineering in San Francisco, 1838–1933 (2006). He has investigated contemporary cities immediately after earthquakes as a member or head of reconnaissance teams sponsored by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the National Science Foundation, and the United Nations and has published widely on engineering and earthquakes. In 2008, he was granted honorary citizenship by the citizens of Noto for his contributions to the history of the city and of Sicily.
Richard Trousdell, D.F.A., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Professor Emeritus of Theater at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where his doctoral dissertation was on the ethical role of women in Euripidean tragedy. He is also a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute Boston, where he teaches and serves on the Admissions Committee. His acting and directing credits include work at Charleston's Dock Street Theatre, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, and the Dallas Theater Center. His articles have appeared in Theater, The Drama Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, in which his "Tragedy and Transformation: The Oresteia of Aeschylus" appeared in the summer of 2008.
About the Analytical Psychology & Contemporary Culture Series
Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche is the latest release in Spring Journal Books' new Analytical Psychology & Contemporary Culture Series. In our rapidly changing contemporary world, analytical psychology is confronted ever anew with the challenge of remaining relevant. To take on this challenge, Spring Journal Books has created this series to bring analytical psychology into a cross-fertilizing dialogue with the fundamental issues of our time. The series explores the multiple, interpenetrating relationships between history, mythology, politics, economics, sociology, and the arts as they express themselves in contemporary culture. At the heart of our mission is the creative exploration of the psyche's response to a world in rapid transition from the evolving perspectives of analytical psychology.