1001 nights with animus
AuthorDemiralp Yılankaya, Seda
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CitationDemiralp Yılankaya, S. (2021). 1001 nights with animus. Arab Studies Quarterly, 43(3), 213-229. doi:10.13169/arabstudquar.43.3.0213
This paper provides a Jungian interpretation of the frame story of 1001 Nights. Using a psychodynamic approach, the key characters in the frame story are considered as different pieces of the female psyche during the journey of individuation. This reveals the story’s hidden content about inner enemies of the female psyche, such as a tyrannical animus that feeds from an oppressive environment. With a happy ending that represents the union of the ego and the animus, 1001 Nights highlights a path to women’s empowerment and social harmony that involves facing inner and outer demons. The essay also argues that with its emphasis on freedoms as a source of individual and social peace, 1001 Nights captures the Zeitgeist of the period from which it emerged, namely 9th-century Abbasid rule, particularly under the reign of Caliph al-Mamun.
SourceArab Studies Quarterly
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