Edited by Murray Stein and Thomas Arzt, the essays in the series Jung’s Red Book for Our Time: Searching for Soul under Postmodern Conditions are geared to the recognition that the posthumous publication of The Red Book: Liber Novus by C.G. Jung in 2009 was a meaningful gift to our contemporary world.
The Red Book can be considered as a contribution to the “Golden Chain” (aurea catena) of the world’s imaginative literature reaching back to the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. As Jung describes this tradition in a letter to Max Rychner, “Faust is the most recent pillar in that bridge of the spirit which spans the morass of world history, beginning with the Gilgamesh epic, the I Ching, the Upanishads, the Tao-te-Ching, the fragments of Heraclitus, and continuing in the Gospel of St. John, the letters of St. Paul, in Meister Eckhart and in Dante.” The Red Book extends the “Golden Chain” into our era. Each of the 18 essays in this third volume of the series, Jung’s Red Book for Our Time, is unique, and all of them converge on the central theme of the relevance of The Red Book for people today in search of soul under postmodern conditions.
This is the third volume of a multi-volume series set up on a global and multicultural level and includes essays from the following distinguished Jungian analysts and scholars:
– Murray Stein and Thomas Arzt: Introduction
– Stephen A. Aizenstat: The Quest for One’s Own Red Book in the Digital Age
– Paul Brutsche: The Creative Power of Soul: A Central Testimony of Jung’s Red Book
– Joseph Cambray: The Red Book Today: From Novelty to Innovation – Not Art but Nature
– Linda Carter: Jung as Craftsman
– George B. Hogenson: The Schreber Case and the Origins of the Red Book
– Toshio Kawai: From Internal to Open Psyche: Overcoming Modern Consciousness?
– Samir Mahmoud: Reading and Re-Reading Jung as a Muslim: From Traditionalist Critique to the New Possibilities of The Red Book
– Christine Maillard: C.G. Jung’s Subversive Christology in The Red Book and its Meaning for Our Times
– Mathew Mather: Jung’s Red Book and the Alchemical Coniunctio
– Patricia Michan: The Golden Seed: The Hidden Potentiality within the Vile and the Misshapen
– Gunilla Midbøe: Troll Music in The Red Book
– Anna Milashevich: The Red Book and the Black Swan: The Trickster as a Psychological Factor behind the Boom and Bust Cycle
– Velimir B. Popović: “I am as I am not” – The Role of Imagination in Construing Dialogical Self
– Ingrid Riedel: Transformation of the God-Image in Jung’s Red Book: Foundations for a New Psychology of Religion
– Murray Stein: Jung’s Red Book as a New Link in the Aurea Catena
– Žanet Prinčevac de Villablanca: The Spirit of This Time: “No One’s Child”, a Postmodern Fairy Tale
– Megumi Yama: The Red Book: A Journey from West to East via the Realm of the Dead
– Mari Yoshikawa: A Japanese Perspective on the Meaning of the Serpent in The Red Book