French Fairy Tales: A Jungian Approach

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Social Science - 393 pages
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.
 

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Contents

MIDDLE ACES FEUDXLISM AND LA SOCIETE COURTOISE
19
Melusine The Beauty of Things is Fleet and Swift
23
THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY LE GRAND SIECLE
61
Charles Perraults MultiVeined Donkey Skin Sleeping Beauty and Bluebeard
65
Mime dAulnoys The Bluebird Metamorphosis an Unconscious Readjustment
107
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY LESPRIT PHILOSOPHIQUE
133
Denis Diderots The White Bird As Holy GhostHoly Spirit
137
Was JeanJacques Rousseaus The Fantastic Queen Merely a TongueinCheeks Fairy Tale?
157
Countess Sophie De Sugurs Rosette AManichean MerryGoRound
225
George Sands The Castle Of Crooked Peak The Topography of Memory Manipulation
245
MAurice Maeterlincks Pellead and Melisande The Dying Complex
283
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY SLAUGHTERSCIENCESPIRITUALITY
303
Jean Coctaeus Beauty and the Beast The Plucking of a Rose
307
Andree Chedids The Suspended Heart The Mystery of Being
335
CONCLUSION
357
NOTES
361

THE NINETEENTH CENTURY LE ROMANTISME ESTHETIC AND UTILITARIAN
179
Charles Nodiers The Crumb Fairy A Sacred Marriage of Sun and Moon
183
Theophile Gautiers Parapsychological HataeraFairy Arria Marcella
203

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Bettina L. Knapp is Thomas Hunter Professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of many books, including A Jungian Approach to Literature and three SUNY Press books: Gambling, Game, and Psyche; Women in Myth; and Women, Myth, and the Feminine Principle. She is also a Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters, an honor presented by the French government.

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