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Marion Woodman (born August 15, 1928[1]) is a Canadian mythopoetic author, poet, analytical psychologist and women's movement figure. She has written and spoken extensively about the dream theories of Carl Jung.[2][3]

Marion Woodman
Born (1928-08-15) August 15, 1928 (age 89)
London, Ontario, Canada[1]
Occupation Nonfiction writer
Nationality Canadian
Subject Psychology, eating disorders, women's issues, sexuality
Website
www.mwoodmanfoundation.org

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Early life and educationEdit

Woodman completed a degree in English literature.[4] Later in life she studied psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland.

CareerEdit

Woodman taught high school English for more than twenty years. Suffering from anorexia, she took a sabbatical and traveled first to India[5] and then to England, where she became interested in the theories of Carl Jung; she then enrolled in the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, training to be an analyst.[6]

In 1992, Woodman wrote a book about analytic psychology, Addiction to Perfection, which was published by the new company, Inner City Books, set up by her colleague Daryl Sharp.[4]

Woodman continued to write on the subject of feminine psychology, focusing on psyche and soma.[7][8] She has also lectured internationally. She has written collaboratively with Thomas Moore, Jill Mellick and Robert Bly.

Woodman was listed in Watkins' Mind Body Spirit Magazine in 2012 as one of the 100th most spiritually influential living person.[9] Her collection of audio and visual lectures, correspondence, and manuscripts are housed at the Pacifica Graduate Institute OPUS Archives and Research Center, in Santa Barbara, California.

PersonalEdit

Her husband Ross Woodman was Professor-Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of The Apocalyptic Vision in the Poetry of Shelley, and Sanity, Madness, Transformation: The Psyche in Romanticism, both published by the University of Toronto Press. Ross Woodman died at their home in London Ontario, on 20 March 2014.

Her brothers are the late Canadian actor Bruce Boa and Jungian analyst Fraser Boa.

In November, 1993, Woodman was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She recorded the subsequent two years of cancer treatment in a journal, which was later published as Bone: Dying into Life.

Notable booksEdit

  • The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter : Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, and the Repressed Feminine, 1980 Inner City Books. ISBN 0-919123-03-1
  • Addiction to Perfection : The Still Unravished Bride, 1982 Inner City Books. ISBN 0-919123-11-2
  • The Pregnant Virgin : A Process of Psychological Transformation, 1985 Inner City Books. ISBN 0-919123-20-1
  • The Ravaged Bridegroom : Masculinity in Women, 1990 Inner City Books. ISBN 0-919123-42-2
  • Leaving My Father's House : A Journey to Conscious Femininity (co-authored with Kate Danson, Mary Hamilton, Rita Greer Allen), 1992 Shambhala Publications. ISBN 0-87773-896-3 (PB edition)
  • Conscious Femininity : Interviews With Marion Woodman, 1993 Inner City Books. ISBN 0-919123-59-7
  • Dancing in the Flames : The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (co-authored with Elinor Dickson), 1996 Shambhala Publications. ISBN 1-57062-313-9 (PB edition)
  • Coming Home to Myself : Daily Reflections for a Woman's Body and Soul (co-authored with Jill Mellick), April 2001 (paperback ed.) Conari Press. ISBN 1-57324-566-6
  • The Art of Dreaming, by Jill Mellick (with a foreword by Woodman)
  • The Maiden King : The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine (co-authored with Robert Bly), November 1998, Henry Holt & Co; ISBN 0-8050-5777-3
  • Bone: Dying into Life, 2000 Viking Press; ISBN 0-670-89374-9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Birth data for Marion Woodman". Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Woodman, Marion (Profile)". Maclean's Magazine Marci McDonald, 03/17/2003
  3. ^ Active Interest Media, Inc.. Yoga Journal. Active Interest Media, Inc.; November 1988. ISSN 01910965 Parameter error in {{issn}}: Invalid ISSN. . p. 51–.
  4. ^ a b Thomas Kirsch. The Jungians: A Comparative and Historical Perspective. Psychology Press; 2000. ISBN 978-0-415-15860-2. p. 114–.
  5. ^ Pythia Peay. America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture. Lantern Books; 1 April 2015. ISBN 978-1-59056-448-6. p. 166–.
  6. ^ "Jungian Analysis, Eating Disorders and the ‘Great Work’". Huffington Post, 05/21/2010. By Pythia Peay
  7. ^ Donald Kalsched. The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defences of the Personal Spirit. Taylor & Francis; 25 February 2014. ISBN 978-1-317-72544-2. p. 109–.
  8. ^ "Marion Woodman and the Search for the Conscious Feminine", by Patty de Llosa, Parabola, January 29, 2016
  9. ^ "Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2012". Watkins Mind Body Spirit, 12 February 2012

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