THE CASPIAN REGION:Politics, Economics, Culture

Scientific journal

Nibelungs and psychoanalysts: freudian and jungian approaches to the analysis of “Das nibelungenlied”

2015. 4, pp. 294-299

Sarakaeva E.A. - Ph.D. (Philology), Associate Professor, Hainan State University, 58 Zhenmin Str., Meilanqu District, Haikou, Hainan Province, 570100, China,

Lebedeva I.V. - Ph.D. (Sociology), Associate Professor, Caspian Institute of Sea & River Transport, 6/14 Nikolskaya street, Astrakhan, 414000, Russian Federation,

The article considers the attempts to analyze the medieval German heroic epos “Das Nibelungenlied” (“The Lay of Nibelungs”) by the representatives of Freudian and Jungian schools of psychoanalysis. Special attention is paid to the theory of American expert on the “Nibelungenled» Winder MacConnell who, relying on key concepts of the identity theory by Karl Jung, offered a convincing analysis of psychological images of the characters of the poem and their motivations. The ideas of the article are illustrated with examples from the original text of the poem (manuscripts B and partially A) according to the Stuttgart edition of 1892, the literary translation of examples is given in Yu. B. Korneev's version.

Key words: , , , , , , , , , - , , , , , , psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic literary criticism, Freudian approach, Carl Jung, personal and collective unconscious, the Animus, the Shadow, the Self, Repression, heroic epic Das Nibelungenlied (the Lay of The Nibelungs), Kriemhield, Siegfried, Hagen von Tronege, Siegmund, Burgundian kings