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The Jungian Strand in Transatlantic Modernism


  • Examines the understudied influence of Carl Jung on modernist art and culture

  • Surveys early twentieth-century modernism, covering a wide range of figures such as Beatrice Hinkle, Eugene O’Neill, Martha Graham, and Jackson Pollack

  • Appeals to scholars of twentieth-century cultural history, feminist history, and Jungian thought


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Jay Sherry
    Pages 1-16
  3. Jay Sherry
    Pages 37-60
  4. Jay Sherry
    Pages 61-102
  5. Jay Sherry
    Pages 103-138
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 139-168

About this book


In studies of psychology’s role in modernism, Carl Jung is usually relegated to a cameo appearance, if he appears at all. This book rethinks his place in modernist culture during its formative years, mapping Jung’s influence on a surprisingly vast transatlantic network of artists, writers, and thinkers. Jay Sherry sheds light on how this network grew and how Jung applied his unique view of the image-making capacity of the psyche to interpret such modernist icons as James Joyce and Pablo Picasso. His ambition to bridge the divide between the natural and human sciences resulted in a body of work that attracted a cohort of feminists and progressives involved in modern art, early childhood education, dance, and theater.


psychoanalysis sensibility Carl Jung Greenwich Village Beatrice Hinkle American modernism American literature Jung's Zurich School Sigmund Freud Weimar psychoanalytic conference Georgia O'Keeffe Eugene O'Neill Anglo-American networks

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.History and Psychology DepartmentsLong Island UniversityBrooklyn, NYUSA

About the authors

Jay Sherry received his PhD from Freie Universität in Berlin and currently teaches history and psychology at Long Island University, USA. His book Carl Gustav Jung: Avant-Garde Conservative (Palgrave 2010) received the Gradiva Award.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Jungian Strand in Transatlantic Modernism
  • Authors Jay Sherry
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-57821-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-72068-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-55774-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 168
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social History
    US History
    History of Psychology
    Intellectual Studies
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“This book will reward scholars of history, literature, art, philosophy, and psychology who are in any way invested in understanding the modernist movement in the early 20th century. … Summing Up: Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty and professionals.” (M. Uebel, Choice, Vol. 56 (9), May, 2019)“The first truly satisfying account of Jung’s personal engagement with the modern art movement and its pioneers in America and England.” (John Beebe, past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and founding editor of Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche)

“While we know a great deal about Freud and Freudians, the impact made by C. G. Jung on twentieth-century cultural history, in Europe and in America, is much less studied. This clearly-written and concise book is an excellent survey of Jung’s wide-ranging influence.” (Suzanne Marchand, Boyd Professor of History, Louisiana State University, USA)

“It's difficult to see Jung as a modernist, and the great man himself doesn't make it easy for us… In this brilliant study, Jay Sherry pulls it off, showing that Jung still has some surprises in store for those who think they know him. An important and necessary rethink that will stimulate much debate.” (Gary Lachman, author of twenty books, instructor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and founding member of the pop group Blondie)