The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales

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Vintage Books, 2010 - Psychology - 328 pages
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Bruno Bettelheim was one of the great child psychologists of the twentieth century and perhaps none of his books has been more influential than this revelatory study of fairy tales and their universal importance in understanding childhood development.

Analyzing a wide range of traditional stories, from the tales of Sindbad to “The Three Little Pigs,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “The Sleeping Beauty,” Bettelheim shows how the fantastical, sometimes cruel, but always deeply significant narrative strands of the classic fairy tales can aid in our greatest human task, that of finding meaning for one’s life.
 

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User Review  - fundevogel - LibraryThing

This book is really more about psychology and child development than fairy tales, but it turns out fairy tales are a pretty cool means by which to learn about psychoanalysis and such not. Bettelheim ... Read full review

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User Review  - Frockfarie - LibraryThing

This book explains why the original fairy tales are just what our children need. Often we look at the classic tales as too graphic or 'grim' for our little darlings. This book looks at all the classic ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
3
A POCKETFUL OF MAGIC
23
Vicarious Satisfaction versus Conscious Recognition
53
Bringing Order into Chaos
74
Tales of Two Brothers
91
Transcending Infancy with the Help of Fantasy
123
The Goose Girl
136
Fantasy Recovery Escape and Consolation
143
Little Red Riding Hood
166
Jack and the Beanstalk
183
The Jealous Queen in Snow White
194
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
215
The Sleeping Beauty
225
Cinderella
236
The AnimalGroom Cycle of Fairy Tales
277
Notes
311

On the Telling of Fairy Stories
150
IN FAIRY LAND
159

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Bruno Bettelheim was born in Vienna in 1903. He received his doctorate at the University of Vienna and came to America in 1939, after a year in the concentration camps of Dachau and Buchenwald. He was a Distinguished Professor of Education and Professor of both psychology and psychiatry at the University of Chicago. He died in 1990.

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