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Ted Hughes's <i>Crow</i>: An Alternative Theological Paradigm

Ryan Hibbett

in Literature and Theology

Volume 17, issue 1, pages 17-31
Published in print March 2003 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 2003 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/17.1.17
Ted Hughes's Crow: An Alternative Theological Paradigm

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This essay argues that Ted Hughes's Crow presents an alternative theological paradigm that rescues certain elements of Being—in particular the feminine and the demonic—often repressed within the Christian tradition. Through the resurrection of an Earth Goddess, Hughes's paradigm restores divinity to the natural world, and supplements the one‐sidedness of Trinitarian doctrine. Crow, as a character, dramatises humanity's estrangement from the Goddess, and thus from the unconscious life that created it. By lending expression to what otherwise remains dangerously repressed in the unconscious, Crow participates in the healthy psychological process Jung calls individuation.

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