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"Patrick McCarthy" <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 25 Mar 1993 08:56:25 -0800
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        Here is a general inquiry from a subscriber who, as
you see, studies humor.  Responses gratefully received and
edited here for efficient passing on.

Patrick McCarthy

       I'm very much interested in motifs, leit-motifs, archetypes,
stereotypes, symbols, and other recurring themes in Dickens' work.  I'm
also interested in shadow archetypes, and archetypes which demonstrate
anima or animus in terms of Jung's working relating to symbolism and the
collective unconscious.
     Of course I'm also interested in all aspects of humor a la Dickens.
I've been told that Dickens is the first great vernacular novelist in
England--equivalent in this regard to Twain for America--and that this
is one of the reasons that Dickens' work is so humorous.  Comments on
this issue would also be welcome.

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