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Studies in Imagination Series

Archetypal Imagination

Glimpses of the Gods in Life and Art

Noel Cobb
Introduction by Thomas Moore
June 2020
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  • Publisher
    Lindisfarne Books
  • Published
    9th June 2020
  • ISBN 9781584209089
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.

This unique book is about freeing psychology's poetic imagination from the dead weight of unconscious assumptions about the soul. Whether we think of the soul scientifically or medically, behaviorally or in terms of inner development, all of us are used to thinking of it in an individual context, as something personal. In this book, however, we are asked to consider psychology from a truly transpersonal perspective as a cultural, universal-human phenomenon.

Cobb teaches us to look at the world as a record of the soul's struggles to awaken and as the soul's poetry. From this perspective, the real basis of the mind is poetic. Beauty, love, and creativity are as much instincts of the soul as sexuality or hunger. Cobb shows us how artists and mystics can teach us the meaning of love, death, and beauty, if only we can awaken to their creations. The exemplars here are Dante, Rumi, Rilke, Munch, Lorca, Schumann, and Tarkovsky.

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction by Thomas Moore

1. Echoes of an Imaginal Bell:
— Reverberations of Andrei Tarkofsky’s Anrei Rublev
2. The Morbid and the Beautiful:
— Edvard Munch – Painter of the Modern Soul Life
3. Dionysos and Duende:
— Federico García Lorca – Torero of the Imagination
4. The Cast of Masks in the Life and Work of Robert Schumann:
— Part I: The Genius of Culture and the Culture of Genius
— Part II: Butterflies and Sphinxes
5. The Fires of Eros and the Alchemy of Seduction:
— Notes toward a Poetics of Love – A Sonata in Five Movements
6. Persephone:
— Midwife and muse of Metempsychosis: An Undertaking in Psychopoetics
7. Who Is behind Archetypal Psychology?
— An Imaginary Inquiry


Noel Cobb

Noel Cobb (1938–2015) traveled widely in his early years, both geographically and intellectually, in search of a way of thinking adequate to his own rich and abounding imagination. His odyssey brought him to working with R. D Laing, becoming a Jungian analyst, and developing, with other contemporary thinkers, the re-visioning of psychology and culture through archetypal psychology. With his partner Eva Loewe, he cofounded The London Convivium for Archetypal Studies and published numerous books, including Prospero’s Island: The Secret Alchemy at the Heart of The Tempest.