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TOKYO AUTUMN 2017


ALICE IN WONDERLAND OR THE FATE OF THE PUELLA


In this Autumn Workshop we will explore the theme of the Puella, one of the most important archetypes of the female image in the development of art and culture in the history of mankind. In the XX century the Puella complex became part of a crisis of identity about the role of women in society; with more and more women conquering relevant positions of power in the XXI century, understanding this rich and mysterious archetype can help us to direct the potential of this archetype in a healthy and creative way.


For women, the Puella Complex is said to be the equivalent of the Puer Complex for men; in popular terms, the Puella complex is the opposite of the Peter Pan complex. But as the ‘Little Prince’ tale offers and incredibly rich perspective to understanding the Puer Complex, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, written by Lewis Carroll, provides us with an astonishing tool to grasp the deep meaning of the archetype of the Puella.


‘Alice in Wonderland’, and its sequel, ‘Through the Looking Glass, the two short novels written by Carroll can be approached from many points of view; we can understand them as tales to entertain children and teach then to develop basic skills of thinking. But above all, these two little tales of strange adventures are incredibly funny, Carroll’s literary device is laughter; and the fact that most of their contents and images came from the writer’s unconscious makes them a map of the dynamics of unconscious and of the Puella archetype.


PROGRAM

I) THE IMAGE OF THE PUELLA IN THE FAIRY TALES

    1.    Traditional folk tales such as Little Riding Hood, Cinderella, Snow White, and the Disney soft approach.

    2.    Point in common and differences of ALICE IN WONDERLAND with fairy tales


II) EXPLORING ALICE IN WONDERLAND FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES.

    1.    Who was Lewis Carroll? His development, his art and his complexes, his natal chart.

    2.    Why he wrote those books? His conscious purpose and his unconscious discoveries.

    3.    AIW (Alice in Wonderland) from the feminist approach

    4.    Alice’s psychological and astrological profile

    5.    Logic and the development of a child’s mind in AIW

    6.    The riddles. Emotion and reason.

    7.    Two laws of the universe that The Little Prince was free of, but Alice has to understand in order to survive: TIME and SPACE.

    8.    Rules, politics and freedom in AIW


III) THE MYTH OF THE PUELLA

    1.    The myth of Persephone

    2.    The different kinds of Puella

    3.    Why Persephone’s is one of the most important, maybe even the most important myth, in ancient times?

    4.    Initiation, the Mysteries of Eleusis


IV) WOMEN AND MEN HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE PUELLA ARCHETYPE

    1.    As The Little Prince, the Puer archetype, concerns men and women, so AIW, the Puella archetype, is fundamental for integrating men’s and women’s personalities.

    2.    The real principle of Individuation (expression of the essential SELF) requires the male and female energies. We can see and understand this in our natal chart.


We will study mainly ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ by Lewis Carroll.

We will also mention different characters from literature, theatre, fairy tales, history and cinema.


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