David Tacey

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David Tacey (born 1953) is an Australian academic.

Early years and education[edit]

Tacey was born in Melbourne and grew up in Alice Springs, central Australia. He studied literature, psychology and philosophy, first at Flinders University where he obtained his B.A. in 1975, then at the University of Adelaide where he completed his Ph.D. in 1981.[1] He pursued postgraduate studies in psychoanalysis and culture in the United States.

Academic career[edit]

Tacey is a frequent commentator on issues of spirituality in Australia, having appeared in programs broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)[2] and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)[3] in Australia and also Channel Four in the United Kingdom.

Tacey is Associate Professor of English at La Trobe University[4] at the Bundoora campus in Victoria, Australia. His research interest are in the areas of psychoanalysis, psychology, religion, spirituality, the arts and related literary approaches, taking a post-modern perspective with a particular interest in Australian themes. He is on the editorial boards of several international journals of Jungian studies, including Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche[5] (San Francisco) and Spring[6] (New Orleans).

Tacey is the author of nine books and over 120 articles and essays. His writings have been translated into numerous languages, including Chinese, Korean, Portuguese[7] and French.[8]


  • The Idea of the Numinous: Contemporary Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives (edited with Ann Casement), London and New York: Routledge, 2009 (ISBN 1-58391-784-5)
  • How to Read Jung, London: Granta, 2006 (ISBN 1862077266); New York: W. W. Norton, 2007 (ISBN 0-393-32953-4)
  • The Spirituality Revolution: the Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality, Melbourne and Sydney: HarperCollins, 2003 (ISBN 1-58391-874-4)
  • Jung and the New Age, Brunner-Routledge, 2001 (ISBN 1-58391-160-X)
  • Re-enchantment: the New Australian Spirituality, Melbourne and Sydney: HarperCollins, 2000 (ISBN 0-7322-6524-X)
  • Remaking Men: Jung, Spirituality and Social Change, London and New York: Routledge, 1997 (ISBN 0-415-14241-5)
    • published in Australia as Remaking Men: The Revolution in Masculinity, Melbourne: Viking, 1997 (ISBN 0-670-87845-6)
  • Edge of the Sacred: Transformation in Australia, Melbourne and Sydney: Harper Collins, 1995 (ISBN 1-86371-408-1)
    • Edge of the Sacred - Jung, Psyche, Earth, revised and expanded new edition, Einsiedeln: Daimon Publishers, 2009 (ISBN 3-85630-729-X)
  • Patrick White: Fiction and the Unconscious, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1988 (ISBN 0-19-554867-1)


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