French Fairy Tales: A Jungian Approach

French Fairy Tales: A Jungian Approach

by Bettina L. Knapp
     
 

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ISBN-10: 079145469X

ISBN-13: 9780791454695

Pub. Date: 11/01/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791454695
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Series:
SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
Pages:
403
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

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 Bluebird—Metamorphosis, an Unconscious Readjustment

PART III. THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY: "L'ESPRIT PHILOSOPHIQUE"

4. Denis Diderot's The White Bird—As 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 Fairy—A Sacred Marriage of Sun and Moon

7. Théophile Gautier's Parapsychological Hetaera/Fairy: Arria Marcella

8. Countess Sophie De Ségur's Rosette—A Manichean Merry-Go-Round

9. George Sand's The Castle Of Crooked Peak—The Topography of Memory Manipulation

10. Maurice Maeterlinck's Pelléas and Mélisande—The 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 Heart—The Mystery of Being

CONCLUSION

NOTES

REFERENCES

INDEX

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