Toward an Archetypal Narrative: A Jungian-inspired Archetypal Criticism of Propp’s Recurring Narratemes Thesis

Beyond Philology: An International Journal of Linguistics, Literary Studies and English Language Teaching 19 (3):111-149 (2022)
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Abstract

In this paper, I attempt to find a middle ground between the formalist critic, Vladimir Propp, and the psychoanalytic critic, Carl Jung. I argue that, instead of regarding Russian formalism and psychoanalysis as irreconcilable adversaries, the theories of the two figures can (and should) be unified; the result of which can be devised to establish a theory of what I call an ‘‘archetypal narrative’’. To be more explicit, Propp’s Morphology and Jung’s archetypal psychoanalysis are reconciled to bring about an archetypal narrative theory, in which the underlying structure of narratives lies in the collective unconscious of humanity.

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Hicham Jakha
John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

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