Jung & Shakespeare ~ March 2, 2019 Presented by Susan Rowland

Susan Rowland, Ph.D.

Jung and Shakespeare: Performing Archetypes, Re-Forming America!

 Ten years after the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were to be found in… Stratford upon Avon, England, looking for America’s cultural founding father, William Shakespeare! For the next 150 years, Shakespeare would be the most performed author, popular amongst pioneers, cowboys, city slickers and politicians. What were the archetypes, characteristics, plots and preoccupations that Shakespeare brought to the new nation? Is Shakespeare relevant now in a time of profound cultural division?

Saturday Morning Session:

March 2, 2019

(9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
St. Luca Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

 The workshop will explore the dreams of the “new” world brought to these shores in plays and rehearsed in performances and readings over the decades. Jung believed that some literature can compensate for cultural bias and/or predict the future. What of Shakespeare for America now? Can the plays serve as an archetypal lens for discontents and confusion as well as glories, enthusiasm, idealism and ecstasy? Is there something Shakespearean still about what we aspire to, dread, or love? Finding climate change in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and crumbling masculinity in Hamlet, can Shakespeare still offer wisdom?

Eventbrite - Morning Talk: Jung: A Feminine Revision; the Archetypal Goddesses in Therapy and Culture


Saturday Afternoon Session:

March 2, 2019

(1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
St. Luca Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

Shakespeare like Jung expresses deep creation myths bound up with so called feminine and masculine modes of being. After exploring these large frameworks in both authors we will look at practical examples of comedy and tragedy as psychic forms of personal transformation. The workshop will then seek out Shakespearean archetypes in the participants by a short intuitive exercise. We will explore how a mask provided by a character in a play is actually a psychic revelation. Shakespeare’s comedic ladies and tragic gentlemen walk among us and exist in our own internal theaters. This is the alchemical theater that is both outside us on stage, and inside in our own many persons or archetypes. Shakespeare keeps on making America through us and the workshop will show how.

Eventbrite - Afternoon Workshop: Jung: A Feminine Revision; the Archetypal Goddesses in Therapy and Culture


Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to discuss how Jungian archetypes knit the individual to collective culture.
  • Participants will be able to discuss how literature transmits and mediates archetypes and myths.
  • Participants will be able identify a personal connection to literature as Jungian individuation.
  • Participants will be able to discss how Shakespeare shaped America through shaping ideas of governance.

Susan Rowland, Ph.D. is Chair of MA Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and teaches on the doctoral program in Jungian psychology and Archetypal Studies. Author of nine books on C.G. Jung in relation to creativity, modernity and transdisciplinary studies, her new book is Remembering Dionysus: Revisioning Psychology and Literature in C. G. Jung and James Hillman (Routledge 2017). Rowland’s other books include Jung as a Writer (2005); Jung: A Feminist Revision (2002); C. G. Jung in the Humanities (2010) and The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Evolutionary Complexity and Jung (2012). As well as teaching and researching, she is current President of the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies (jungiansociety.org), which held a conference in June 2017 in Washington DC entitled “Complexity, Creativity and Action.” She was also founding Chair of the International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS jungstudies.net) 2003-6. She was educated in the UK at the Universities of Oxford, London and Newcastle, and now lives in California, USA.