Psychology of Religion
Teaching Jung. Edited by Kelly Bulkeley and Clodagh Weldon . AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series, 14. New York: AAR/Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. ix + 284. Cloth, $65.00.
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2013
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Religious Studies Review
Volume 39, Issue 1, page 21, March 2013
How to Cite
Dillon, M. (2013), Teaching Jung. Edited by Kelly Bulkeley and Clodagh Weldon . AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series, 14. New York: AAR/Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. ix + 284. Cloth, $65.00. Religious Studies Review, 39: 21. doi: 10.1111/rsr.12004
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2013
In this recent installment from the AAR's “Teaching Religious Studies” series, editors Kelly Bulkeley and Clodagh Weldon have gathered an eclectic assortment of essays written for teachers in universities, seminaries, and analytical training institutes. Divided into four major parts—teaching Jung in specific academic settings, his views on particular religious texts and practices, Jung's life and work, and specific pedagogical strategies—these sixteen entries creatively engage expected topics like dreams, type theory, and myth, alongside less common subjects, such as how to practically apply Jungian epistemology within a Winnicottian “holding environment” in the classroom. Given the common disregard for Jung in American universities, several of these essays have an apologetic tinge to them, albeit one that often succeeds in challenging or correcting certain generalizations about Jung's thought. Susan Rowland's entry, for example, engages Jung's concept of the anima in a way that critiques its noted essentializing aspects while illuminating the complex gendered subjectivity opened through it. Written for an intermediate audience, graduate students in the earlier stages of teacher preparation may find the pedagogical discussions in some of the essays hard to follow. Nevertheless, this volume is essential for anyone teaching—or thinking about teaching—Jung in a secondary institution. This book is highly recommended.