French Fairy Tales: A Jungian Approachby Bettina L. Knapp
Pub. Date: 11/01/2002
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Bettina L. Knapp explores the universal and eternal nature of fourteen French fairy tales, including the medieval/i>
Offers an analysis of fourteen French fairy tales, from the medieval Romance of Mélusine to Jean Cocteau's film version of Beauty and the Beast, exploring their universal and eternal nature as well as their relevance to modern readers.
Bettina L. Knapp explores the universal and eternal nature of fourteen French fairy tales, including the medieval Romance of Mélusine, Charles Perrault’s seventeenth-century versions of Sleeping Beauty and Bluebeard, and Jean Cocteau’s film version of Beauty and the Beast. She demonstrates the relevance of these fairy tales for modern readers, both for the psychological problems they address and for the positive resolutions they offer. Through her careful examination of these tales, Knapp shows that people in past eras suffered from such supposedly “modern” problems as alienation and identity crises and went through harrowing ordeals before experiencing some sort of fulfillment. By imparting the age-old wisdom embedded in these works, French Fairy Tales triggers new insights into psychological problems and offers helpful ways of dealing with them.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
PART I. THE MIDDLE AGES: FEUDALISM AND "LA SOCIÉTÉ COURTOISE"
1. Melusine: "The Beauty of Things is Fleet and Swift"
PART II. THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY: "LE GRAND SIÈCLE"
2. Charles Perrault's Multi-Veined Donkey Skin, Sleeping Beauty, and Bluebeard
3. Mme d'Aulnoy's The BluebirdMetamorphosis, an Unconscious Readjustment
PART III. THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY: "L'ESPRIT PHILOSOPHIQUE"
4. Denis Diderot's The White BirdAs Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit
5. Was Jean-Jacques Rousseau's The Fantastic Queen Merely a Tongue-in-Cheek Fairy Tale?
PART IV. THE NINETEENTH CENTURY: "LE ROMANTISME"ESTHETIC AND UTILITARIAN
6. Charles Nodier's The Crumb FairyA Sacred Marriage of Sun and Moon
7. Théophile Gautier's Parapsychological Hetaera/Fairy: Arria Marcella
8. Countess Sophie De Ségur's RosetteA Manichean Merry-Go-Round
9. George Sand's The Castle Of Crooked PeakThe Topography of Memory Manipulation
10. Maurice Maeterlinck's Pelléas and MélisandeThe Dying Complex
PART V. THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: SLAUGHTER/SCIENCE/ SPIRITUALITY
11. Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast"The Plucking of a Rose"
12. Andrée Chedid's The Suspended HeartThe Mystery of Being
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