Applied Literature and New Jungian Reading: a Case study of Camilla Gibb’s Novel, Sweetness in the Belly


Assistant Professor of English Literature, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Persian Literature and Foreign languages, The University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran.


The field of Applied Literature is concerned with the practical usages of literature, including the potentials of literature to empower and transform individuals. Jungian criticism, with its suggestions of the possibility of individuation and self-actualization in individuals, has been an important source for scholars in the field of Applied Literature for healing. Still, the traditional Jungian approach to literature has been criticized in recent years, especially due to its apparent universalist assumptions and its insensitivity to context-specific issues in texts. For the same reason, New Jungian critics have been recently exploring the possibilities of reconciling Jungian concepts with more context-oriented literary theories. This paper, then, in accordance with this new trend, attempts to do a New Jungian reading of a contemporary postcolonial novel, Sweetness in the Belly, by Camilla Gibb , as a case study, to investigate the potentials within this approach of extension of Jungian ideas and dialogue with other more modern literary theories after poststructuralism. The research benefits from the views of New Jungian critics as well as the theories in relation to the identity issues of migrants. The paper is concluded with the proposition that, as the exploration of this novel testifies, the New Jungian approach as well as the contemporary fiction of identity construction can prove as valid resources for Applied Literature for healing.


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Volume 6, Issue 1
Winter and Spring 2018
Pages 67-76
  • Receive Date: 21 August 2018
  • Revise Date: 02 February 2019
  • Accept Date: 26 November 2018