Fire in the Dragon and Other Psychoanalytic Essays on Folklore

Fire in the Dragon and Other Psychoanalytic Essays on Folklore

by Geza Roheim
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691028680

ISBN-13: 9780691028682

Pub. Date: 06/25/1992

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The only Freudian to have been originally trained in folklore and the first psychoanalytic anthropologist to carry out fieldwork, Gza Rcheim (1891-1953) contributed substantially to the worldwide study of cultures. Combining a global perspective with encyclopedic knowledge of ethnographic sources, this Hungarian analyst demonstrates the validity of Freudian theory

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The only Freudian to have been originally trained in folklore and the first psychoanalytic anthropologist to carry out fieldwork, Gza Rcheim (1891-1953) contributed substantially to the worldwide study of cultures. Combining a global perspective with encyclopedic knowledge of ethnographic sources, this Hungarian analyst demonstrates the validity of Freudian theory in both Western and non-Western settings. These seventeen essays, written between 1922 and 1953, are among Rcheim's most significant published writings and are collected here for the first time to introduce a new generation of readers to his unique interpretations of myths, folktales, and legends.

From Australian aboriginal mythology to Native American trickster tales, from the Grimm folktale canon to Hungarian folk belief, Rcheim explores a wide range of issues, such as the relationship of dreams to folklore and the primacy of infantile conditioning in the formation of adult fantasy. An introduction by folklorist Alan Dundes describes Rcheim's career, and each essay is prefaced by a brief consideration of its intellectual and bibliographical context.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691028682
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
06/25/1992
Series:
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1Psychoanalysis and the Folktale3
Ch. 2The Significance of Stepping Over11
Ch. 3Magic and Theft in European Folklore19
Ch. 4Myth and Folktale29
Ch. 5Saint Agatha and the Tuesday Woman43
Ch. 6The Story of the Light That Disappeared59
Ch. 7The Thread of Life87
Ch. 8The Bear in the Haunted Mill103
Ch. 9Culture Hero and Trickster in North American Mythology115
Ch. 10Tom, Tit, Tot123
Ch. 11Fire in the Dragon129
Ch. 12Mythology of Arnhem Land139
Ch. 13Fairy Tale and Dream147
Ch. 14The Wolf and the Seven Kids161
Ch. 15Hansel and Gretel167
Ch. 16The Language of Birds171
Ch. 17Dame Holle: Dream and Folktale (Grimm No. 24)181
Index193

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