Emily Dickinson: A Medicine Woman for Our Times (Paperback)

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Among the 19th century poets, Emily Dickinson is by far the most scientifically minded. Science is the voice that summoned Dickinson at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary and gave her unique distinction as a poetess of botanical and entomological and astronomical classifications. Like no other 19th century poet she forms an integration between science and spirituality. She studied at Holyoake at the exact historical moment of the first Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention in 1848. This, therefore, is a feminist book. It speaks up for the Divine Feminine. On the front cover purple-white rosemary blossoms are exploding with color. Emily Dickinson's garden was a place where butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds drank up the radiance of flowers. Rosemary in particular was one of her favorite healing herbs. C.G. Jung mentions the antitoxin of rosemary flowers as a synonym for the Self, the total personality. When Steven Herrmann refers to Emily Dickinson as a Medicine Woman, he is speaking of an archetype of healing within all humans. Her poems are enduring imprints of the Medicine Woman archetype. It is by access to the Medicine Woman archetype that she's able to espouse a democracy of equality that the world needs right now. She advises women to cherish "Power" and take heed from the Serpent. We need a Medicine Woman to balance things out. In a democratic sense, she's a fierce and uncompromising spokeswoman for Liberty. She is a dispenser of a new American myth for our times.

About the Author

Recognized internationally, Steven Herrmann is the author of William Everson: The Shaman’s Call, Walt Whitman: Shamanism, Spiritual Democracy, and the World Soul, and Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward. In 2015 his chapter “C.G. Jung and Teilhard de Chardin: Peacemakers in an Age of Spiritual Democracy” was published in Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Carl Gustav Jung Side by Side. He has taught on the subjects of Jung, Whitman, and Melville at the C.G. Jung Institutes of San Francisco, Chicago, and Zürich, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, and on Jung and James at Yale University. Herrmann’s expertise in Jungian Literary Criticism makes him one of the seminal thinkers in the international field, and a foremost authority on Whitman, Melville, and now Dickinson in post-Jungian studies.

Praise For…

Lovers of the works of Emily Dickinson will appreciate the care and attention that Steven B Herrmann has applied in his highly-readable and thoroughly enjoyable evaluation of the poetess and her life.
Written with references to the deep mythological and Shamanic impulses that flowed through her somewhat short life, the author calls upon a Jungian framework to reveal her motivations, and inspirations. The result is the unearthing of some surprising and fascinating psycho-spiritual material which also, rather surprisingly, places Dickinson in a thoroughly contemporary context.
Steven B Herrmann has produced yet another superbly argued and genuinely significant thesis which completes but is independent of his earlier work Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward.
―Peter J. Morris, UK
April 23, 2018
Product Details
ISBN: 9781771690416
ISBN-10: 1771690410
Publisher: Fisher King Press
Publication Date: March 21st, 2018
Pages: 298
Language: English