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Story Symposium: Carl Jung on Symbolism

August 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Story Symposium is a writing discussion group oriented around process, craft, and theory. We will approach writing from a variety of disciplines, such as narratology, philosophy, psychology, mythology, rhetoric, and poetics. Pooling our collective knowledge, we’ll gradually build a resource taxonomy of everything storytelling entails. While this is *not a critique group,* you may think of this as a writer’s support group in which you can pose questions and seek solutions.

This week we’ll discuss the nature of symbolism as outlined in Carl Jung’s essay, “On the Relation of Analytic Psychology to Poetry” http://michaelbryson.net/teaching/eng298/Jung.pdf

In the spirit of symposium, come prepared with one discussion topic pertaining to the reading. It can be: a question or comment regarding a phrase, concept, or short passage. It can be additional research or related concepts inspired by the reading. It can also pertain to personal preoccupations with your writing. Or, you can use this reading as a segue into a related area of inquiry.


8/6 METAPHOR: “On Truth and Lying in an Extra-Moral Sense” – Nietzsche
8/13 LITERARY REALISM: “The Art of Fiction” – Henry James


Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative by Jane Alison https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41735103-meander-spiral-explode
8/27 STRUCTURE 1: Meander, Spiral, Explode – Chapters 1–3
9/3 STRUCTURE 2: Meander, Spiral, Explode – Chapters 4–7
9/10 STRUCTURE 3: Meander, Spiral, Explode – Chapters 8–11 & Epilogue