The Black Sun

The Black Sun : The Alchemy and Art of Darkness

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The black sun, an ages-old image of the darkness in individual lives and in life itself, has not been treated hospitably in the modern world. Although modern psychology has seen darkness primarily as a negative force, it actually has an intrinsic importance to the human psyche. In this book, Jungian analyst Stanton Marlan reexamines the paradoxical image of the black sun and the meaning of darkness in Western culture. Marlan draws on not only clinical cases, but also literature such as Goethe's Faust and Dante's Inferno, the black art of Rothko and Reinhardt, and other inspirations to explore the influence of light and shadow on the fundamental structures of modern thought as well as the contemporary practice of analysis. He shows that the black sun accompanies not only the most negative of psychic experiences but also the most sublime. The Black Sun offers insight into modernity, the act of imagination, and the work of analysis in understanding depression, trauma, and transformation of the soul.
A contribution to the understanding of alchemical psychology, this book draws on a postmodern sensibility to develop an original way to look at the black sun and helps us explore the unknown darkness conventionally called the Self.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 147.3 x 223.5 x 25.4mm | 567g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 17 colour pl 73 b&w photos, bibliog , index
  • 1585444251
  • 9781585444250

About Stanton Marlan

Stanton Marlan is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Pittsburgh and the president of the Pittsburgh Society of Jungian Analysts. He is also the editor of the Journal of Jungian Theory and Practice, the editor of two previous books on alchemy, and the author of numerous articles on Jungian psychology. He is an adjunct clinical professor of psychology at Duquesne University.
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"... sheds the light of blackness, and the luminosity of darkness.... This story of The Black Sun will bring you new ideas about death and blackness as well as the personal reflections of the author's life-long quest for new understanding." - Harry A. Wilmer, author of How Dreams Help"
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