Pre-Order today! Paperback version – Volume 3 of The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz -releasing January 4!
The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz is a 28-volume Magnum Opus from one of the leading minds in Jungian Psychology. Volume 3 turns to the Maiden’s Quest within fairytales.
The maiden/heroine navigates a complicated maze of inner and outer relationships as she builds a bridge to the unconscious. The heroine contends with the animus in many forms like a devouring and incestuous father, demonic groom, the beautiful prince, an androgenous mother, a cold dark tower, and through conflict with the evil stepmother.
Dangers and pitfalls await her as the conscious feminine strives to make connections with the unconscious masculine. The maiden is the undeveloped feminine and the promised fruit of her struggle with the animus is the coniunctio. Volume 3 is a masterwork of cross-cultural scholarship, penetrating psychological insight, and a strikingly illuminating treatise. With her usual perspicacity and thoroughness, von Franz gathers countless fairytale motifs revealing a myriad of facets to the maiden’s quest.
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
2-4 p.m. (Pacific Time) via Zoom
- 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.
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.