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Von Franz amplifies a variety of fairytale motifs to show that the magical realm is alien to the profane and mundane realm of ordinary daily life. She was one of Analytical Psychology’s most original thinkers and here she presents a lucid, concise exploration of the archetypal symbols found in fairytales.
Fairytales, like myths, provide a cultural and societal backdrop that helps the human imagination narrate the meaning of life’s events. The remarkable similarities in fairytale motifs across different lands and cultures inspired many scholars to search for the original homeland of fairytales. While peregrinations of fairytale motifs occur, the common root of fairytales is more archetypal than geographic. A striking feature of fairytales is that a sense of space, time, and causality is absent. This situates them in a magical realm, a land of the soul, where the most interesting things happen in the center of places like Heaven, mountains, lakes, and wells.
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- An overview of von Franz’s life and work
- A history and overview of the evolving project of her collected works.
- A deep dive into her work on fairytales, particularly her early writings.
- A method for the interpretation of fairytales.
- The four primary archetypal figures in fairytales.
- Primary male and female tetralogies.
- The hero and heroine’s journey in fairytales.
- The Visions of Niklaus von Flue and Perpetua.
- The mysteries of death, life after death, and the diamond body.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1. Bluebeard
- Chapter 2. The Pastor’s Wife
- Chapter 3. The Woman Who Became A Spider
- Chapter 4. Sedna
- Chapter 5. The Girl and the Skull
- Chapter 6. The Two Sisters
- Chapter 7. Mother Holle
- Chapter 8. Ingebjörg and the Good Stepmother
- Chapter 9. The Wages of the Stepdaughter and the House Daughter
- Chapter 10. Little Fatima with the Moon Forehead
- Chapter 11. Snowflake
- Chapter 12. Sleeping Beauty — Little Briar Rose
- Chapter 13. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
- Chapter 14. Rapunzel
- Chapter 15. Cinderella
- Chapter 16. The Magic Horse
- Chapter 17. Hans Wunderlich
- Chapter 18. Allerleirauh, All-Kinds-Of-Fur
- Chapter 19. The White Bride and the Black Bride
- Chapter 20. The Goose Girl
- Index of Authors
- Index of Fairytales
Von Franz’s prodigious knowledge of fairytales from around the world demonstrates that the fairytale draws its root moisture from the collective realm. This volume continues where Volume 1 left off as von Franz describes the fairytale, “suspended between the divine and the secular worlds (…) creating a mysterious and pregnant tension that requires extreme power to withstand.” The resistance of the great mother against the hero and his humble origins, as well as the hero freeing the anima figure from the clutches of the unconscious are universal archetypal patterns. The spoils retrieved by the hero symbolize new levels of consciousness wrested from the unconscious.