The Stuff That Dreams Are Made On:

A Jungian Interpretation of Literature

My book of Jungian criticism, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made On (published by Chiron Publications, Wilmette, Illinois), includes an introductory chapter on Jungian theory and its application
to literature, as well as chapters on the figure of Merlin in 19th-century British literature, Swinburne's Tristram of Lyonesse, Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Woolf's Orlando and The Waves,
McCullers's The Member of the Wedding and Clock Without Hands, and the archetype of love in the poetry of W. H. Auden.  I also employ incipient aspects of Queer Criticism in the book.

Some comments about The Stuff That Dreams Are Made On:

Clifton Snider's psychological readings are sharp, informative, and sure to engage the reader at the deepest levels of introspection.  The psychologically oriented reader will be greatly assisted by his scholarship, his psychological good sense, and his uncanny mining of literary texts.
--Dr. Lee Zahner-Roloff, Jungian analyst

The Stuff That Dreams Are Made On is a clear, straightforward treatment--free of academic and psychological jargon--of Jungian literary criticism.  Snider's introduction is not only a first-rate exposition of Jungian theory, but a lucid explanation of Jungian psychology as well.
--David Peck, Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies, California State University, Long Beach, and author of Novels of Initiation

Stuff That Dreams Are Made On Front Cover


Some of my articles are also available online.  See the following:

Queer Persona and the Gay Gaze in Brokeback Mountain: Story and Film.
Synchronicity and the Trickster in The Importance of Being Earnest.
Oscar Wilde, Queer Addict: Biography and De Profundis.
The Vampire Archetype in Charlotte and Emily Brontë.
Emily Dickinson and Shamanism.
Edward Lear: Victorian Trickster.
Psychic Integration in Christina Rossetti. .
Eros and Logos in Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales.

See also A Brief Outline of Jungian psychology.

Read about my novels, Wrestling with Angels: A Tale of Two Brothers, Bare Roots, and Loud Whisper.

Read my story, "Hilda."

And read about my new book of poetry, Aspens in the Wind.


Page last revised: 23 August 2009