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The Firey Feminine: Susan Rowland on The Alchemy Fire Murder: Feminine Heroism, American origins and the Climate Emergency

May 23rd, 2023

1 Live Class | Offered Live via Zoom

Program Description

Join us for this Pacifica Online Author Spotlight with Dr. Susan Rowland as we talk about her newest JABR detective novel, The Alchemy Fire Murder (Chiron, 15th Feb 2023). In this novel, her newest addition in a series, Susan situates the psychological impact of the climate emergency within the framework of a murder mystery featuring a feminine hero.

Jungian arts-based research places creativity at the heart of knowing and being. In so doing it promotes a social-justice oriented, Transdisciplinary paradigm while bringing back the almost forgotten, but never wholly abandoned, practice of alchemy. The Alchemy Fire Murder, uses the mystery genre to explore what was lost when colonial alchemy got swallowed up. With some surprising twists that delve into feminist waters and integrate Susan’s incredible literary and psychoanalytic scholarship, this mystery novel asks some big questions:

How far do climate exacerbated wildfires speak to firey emotions? Might the challenge to find new narratives offer something to the origin story of America itself?  Are we witnessing a new emergence of archetypal feminine heroism that offers a more generative integration of power?  How will this influence contemporary understanding of the meta-narratives that have historically shaped the origin stories of America?

Buy the book and join us for what is sure to be a thought provoking and interesting conversation with this world recognized, post-Jungian scholar, professor and author.



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Program Details


May 23rd, 2023
Noon – 1:00 PM PDT


  • Free

Program link will be sent out prior to the event. For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event.

About the Teacher

Susan Rowland Susan Rowland (PhD), formerly Professor of English and Jungian Studies at Greenwich is Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California. She has published extensively on Jung, literary theory, gender, literature and detective fiction. Her books include, Jung: A Feminist Revision (2002), , Jungian Literary Criticism: the Essential Guide (2019), Jungian Arts-based Research and the Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico (2021). Her Jungian arts-based research is writing the Mary Wandwalker detective novels. The Sacred Well Murders came first in 2022. Susan lives in California with digital literary artist, Joel Weishaus. Email: srowland@pacifica.edu

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Registration Details

May 23rd, 2023

  • Number of Classes: 1 Class
  • Class Length: 60 min.
  • Class Time: Noon – 1:00 PM PDT
  • Total Duration: 1 Hour