Propaedeutic Interpretation of The Red Book by C.G. Jung

Oana LENTA, Marius CUCU


The interpretative approach made over one of the most imposing and controversial works of psychological literature, Carl Gustav Jung's Red Book, does not pretend to essentially define or clarify certain concepts. This is due to the fact that the author respects Jung's opinions, according to which the interpretation of the dynamics of the unconscious has to be open and mobile like the productions and manifestations of this latter. We are, therefore, in the parameters of a special kind of logic, similar to the poetic inspiration or to the theological revelation. Even more, as Jung warned, throughout this extremely complex work, such a field of the human mind must be explored and appreciated at its right value. Starting from this challenge, the interpreter can propose an itinerary going through the dimension of visionary confession and relating opened by Jung's famous work. The present article attempts to highlight a series of general conceptual parameters and a number of key-components that can form the basis of an hermeneutical act developed on one of the most representative Jungian writings. This interpretive act that targets the Red Book must constantly take into account the mobility of meanings and valences to which the Jungian text opens, that Jung's themes are essentially openings to endless, inexhaustible psychological horizons always disposed to new explorations and postmodern analytical approaches.

How to cite: Lenta, O.E., & Cucu, M. (2017). Propaedeutic Interpretation of The Red Book by C. G. Jung. Postmodern
Openings, 8(3), 24-34.


interpretative discourse, the conscious-unconscious duality, oniric experience, rationality, intuition, archetypal symbol, pictorial expression, psychoanalytical exploring.

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