What is it about?

The study examines Jung’s writings on modern art and aesthetics, aiming to dismantle some misinterpretations that might make his attitude toward them appear to be a diagnostic one. Above all, I suggest that through his reading of Ulysses, Jung shows how the feelings of confusion that arose in him can actually be reconstructive; this leads to what I would dub a ‘psychic synthesis’ through modern art.

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Why is it important?

After clarifying Jung’s standpoint on modern art and insanity, this paper seeks to significantly contribute a revaluation of Jung on modernism.


Writing this article was a pleasant exploratory experience, as I had been motivated by the fact that Jung’s stance on modern art needs to be further dissected and elucidated.

Roula-Maria Dib
American University in Dubai

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This page is a summary of: The Love-Hate Relationship between Jung and Modern Art, International Journal of Jungian Studies, June 2019, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/19409060-01101008.
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