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Fantastical Conversations with the Other in the Self: Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957) and Her Peter Wimsey as Animus

Martin, Laura;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016 Journal: University of Toronto Quarterly, volume 85, pages 25-46 (issn: 0042-0247, eissn: 1712-5278, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press Inc. (UTPress)
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Dorothy L. Sayers created in her fictional character Lord Peter Wimsey a “contrasexual” figure in her own imagination, with whom she carried on an extended dialogue over many years. C.G. Jung's concept of the contrasexual archetype, the anima (in men) or the animus (in women), can provide a very useful tool for investigating the presence of this transgendered voice within the self. Specifically in relation to Sayers and her Wimsey, Jung's theory can uncover the successful conversion of a potentially “bad animus” into a positive one, or, in other words, Sayers's successful creation in herself of her own “masculine” voice to replace the harmful voice of the patria...
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