Jung in India
by Sulagna Sengupta
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Based on archival research, Jung in India is an account of Carl Jung’s relationship with India spanning several decades of the twentieth century. Jung’s India comes alive through the nuances of his journey there in 1937-38 and the encounters he had with India through readings, acquaintances, and correspondence. Chronicling that eventful history, the narrative brings to the surface previously unpublished information about Jung and draws on his psychological notions and religious worldview to reveal how India and Jung influenced each other in the long course of their association.
Praise for Jung in India
Sengupta has pieced together through meticulous research and appropriate speculation a fascinating analysis of Jung’s multilayered exploration of India. At the core of her compelling narrative are ongoing revelations about Jung’s meetings with India’s people, places, culture, history, and mythology and how the Indian psyche influenced him long after his journey. We are confronted with the paradox of Jung as a deeply introverted man encountering the exotic wonders of a land that both attracted and repelled him. Jung is mostly celebrated for his explorations of the inner world, but as this extraordinary journey of a book so richly demonstrates, Jung was keenly curious and knowledgeable about the outer world and its wonderful variations.
THOMAS SINGER, M.D., EDITOR OF PSYCHE AND THE CITY: A SOUL’S GUIDE TO THE MODERN METROPOLIS AND THE VISION THING: MYTH, POLITICS, AND PSYCHE IN THE WORLD
Sulagna Sengupta provides the definitive historical account of C.G. Jung’s trip to India in the 1930s. Like Jung’s other international excursions, the India trip gave Jung an outside reference point from which he was able to deepen his understanding of the human psyche. This carefully documented work is not only an in-depth biographical explication of an important period of Jung’s career as he explored the wisdom of the East but also a critical account of a part of India’s colonial history.
BLAKE W. BURLESON, PH.D., ASSOCIATE DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES AND SENIOR LECTURER IN RELIGION, BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, AUTHOR OF JUNG IN AFRICA AND PATHWAYS TO INTEGRITY: ETHICS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TYPE
A stimulating book that focuses on Jung’s relationship with Indian philosophy which, in his own words, nurtured “psychological wholeness.” Ingeniously tracing rare archival sources, Sengupta pieces together a historical reconstruction of Jung’s travels in India, alerting us to the significance of his observations. This compellingly written book provides us with the specific context of Jung’s journey and the larger colonial environment within which psychology emerged in India as a discipline and a practice.
INDIRA CHOWDHURY, PH.D., DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE FOR PUBLIC HISTORY AT THE SRISHTI SCHOOL OF ART, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, BANGALORE, INDIA, AUTHOR OF THE FRAIL HERO AND VIRILE HISTORY, RECIPIENT OF THE 2001 TAGORE PRIZE
About the Author:
Sulagna Sengupta is an independent scholar based in Bangalore, India. Her areas of research are psyche, culture, and history. Her forthcoming works include studies on Indian myths, cultural complex in colonial and post-colonial Indian history, and psyche and Indian cinema.