Volume 1 of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz – Archetypal Symbols in Fairytales: The Profane and Magical Worlds

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Chiron Publications is honored to publish the newly translated volumes of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz, one of the most renowned authorities on fairytales.

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Chiron Publications is honored to publish the newly translated volumes of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz, one of the most renowned authorities on fairytales.

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 

Section 1: The Profane and Magical Worlds and their Main Figures 

Chapter 1 – The Indefinite Place 

Chapter 2 – The Moon 

Chapter 3 – The Hole in Earth, the Sky-Hole, and the Cave 

Chapter 4- The Well 

Chapter 5 – Water 

Chapter 6- The Island 

Chapter 7 – The End of the World 

Chapter 8 – The Clashing Rocks 

Chapter 9 – The Forest (Woods) 

Chapter 10 – The Mountain 

Chapter 11 – The Upper and the Underworld 

Chapter 12 – The Timeless Realm 

Chapter 13 – The Realm of the Dead and the Spirit World 

Chapter 14 – The Inhabitants of the Land of the Spirits 

Chapter 15 – Ghosts (Spirits) as Demons 

Section 2: The Archetypal Figures of the Magical 

Chapter 16 – The Daemonic Father 

Chapter 17 – The Great Mother 

Chapter 18 – The Image of the Daemonic Son [the shadow] 

Chapter 19 – The Magical Daughter [the anima] 

Bibliography 

Index of Authors 

Index of Fairytales 

Subject Index 

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