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The Interpretation of Fairy Tales [Paperback]

Marie-Louise Von Franz
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1 Sep 1996
Of the various types of mythological literature, fairy tales are the simplest and purest expressions of the collective unconscious and thus offer the clearest understanding of the basic patterns of the human psyche. Every people or nation has its own way of experiencing this psychic reality, and so a study of the world's fairy tales yields a wealth of insights into the archetypal experiences of humankind.

Perhaps the foremost authority on the psychological interpretation of fairy tales is Marie-Louise von Franz. In this book—originally published as An Introduction to the Interpretation of Fairy Tales —she describes the steps involved in analyzing and illustrates them with a variety of European tales, from "Beauty and the Beast" to "The Robber Bridegroom."

Dr. von Franz begins with a history of the study of fairy tales and the various theories of interpretation. By way of illustration she presents a detailed examination of a simple Grimm's tale, "The Three Feathers," followed by a comprehensive discussion of motifs related to Jung's concept of the shadow, the anima, and the animus. This revised edition has been corrected and updated by the author.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877735263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877735267
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marie-Louise von Franz (1915–1998) was the foremost student of C. G. Jung, with whom she worked closely from 1934 until his death in 1961. A founder of the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich, she published widely on subjects including alchemy, dreams, fairy tales, personality types, and psychotherapy.

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This is a superb book crammed full of insights on the psychology behind fairy tales but don't buy it if you are looking for sociological commentary or feminist critique. As you might expect, given her background, the author leaves that for others to explore. In fact this book is as much about individuation and the interpretation of dreams as fairy stories. If your interests lie with core Jungian topics you won't be disappointed with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars (Re)Learning a neighbouring language 13 Sep 2010
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A superb book with really witty, detailed and profound observations. It basically tries to make the reader get in touch with the language unconscious mind and dreams speak (according to Jung).

It really shifted my opinion and understanding of a subject I thought was good for kids only, hence 5 stars for such a cleverly written book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really interesting 9 May 2010
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This is really cool- I've been trying to interpret fairy tales and my own dreams for a while now and this book shed a lot of light on the process. She interprets fairytale with themes concerning the shadow, the anima, the animus, etc- it's relevant for both women and men. If you're interested in Jungian psychology and fairy tales, it's must-read.
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