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Liber Novus in Nietzsche: Jung’s Seminar on Zarathustra

  • Gaia Domenici
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In this chapter, ‘Liber Novus in Nietzsche. Jung’s Seminar on Zarathustra’, I will investigate the impact of Liber Novus in Jungʼs understanding of Zarathustra, as emerging from his Zurich seminar (1934–1939). In the first half of the chapter, I will analyse three themes referring to Jung’s understanding of Zarathustra as Nietzsche’s failed individuation: the Old Wise Man—Zarathustra and Philemon; intoxication, inflation, the Übermensch and the Übersinn; isolated suns, the island of the dead, and the ‘wheel of creation’. In the second half of the chapter, I will dwell upon symbols of animals that do not always play major roles in Zarathustra but to which, nonetheless, Jung dedicates long and detailed psychological interpretations. Such animals, in fact, are relevant in Liber Novus: serpent, bird, and black scarab; frogs and swamp; doves, the feminine, and the ‘soul’.

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