Bruno Bettelheim book The Uses of Enchantment. The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales revd. The Uses of Enchantment has ratings and reviews. I had to read Bruno Bettelheim’s The Uses of Enchantment many years ago for a university- level. The Uses of Bettelheim’s. The Uses of Enchantment. Late last winter Dr. Bruno Bettelheim spoke to a large and appreciative audi- ence at the CATE (California.

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It has a definite entertainment value, absolutely, but come on – how can anyone take any of this stuff seriously? Read reviews that mention fairy tales bruno bettelheim fairy tale uses of enchantment enchantmenf hood red riding highly recommended long ago little red bedtime psychological development sibling rivalry snow white brothers grimm reading this book ego and superego even though books i have ever must read anyone interested. I have learned, in reading about how to read fairy tales, that I am woefully under-educated about penises and their manifold bettelhheim, which there are exponentially more of than I ever could have dreamed about or hoped for.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. They will grow up believing that they used monsters. She stated, “I would not call that plagiarism.

I can appreciate some of the stories he tells about the way people relate to stories, even if the psychoanalysis behind it is laughable at times. See and discover other items: The author says this is incredibly important as it allows children to know the world depicted is not real and so is a safe place for them to engage their wish-fulfilment — in all its excess and sometimes in all its horror.

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Dec 07, Jacqueline rated it really liked it. If that is the case then fairy tales are always relevant to us, no matter what our age.


There is very little ambiguity to them — at least, not on the surface. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Children will naturally understand that violent ends to fairy-tale villains are just and therefore nothing to be upset about. Thank you for your feedback. Part of me thinks Bettelheim is pulling our leg, he just has to be, but no – he’s a straight-faced Freudian scholar of the reductive and ridiculous sort, and he’s deadly serious about all of this.

However, the danger of this reading is that, having discovered this subtext, the critic forgets his own appeal for the importance of the “freedom of the reader” and reduces all meat of the story to these subconscious anxieties and desires.

Hard not to admit that if you have siblings there were times you might have wished them dead, particularly when they seemed to be enchaantment over you — even if you immediately rejected this wish. The late child psychologist is accused of ‘wholesale borrowing’ for study of fairy talesLos Angeles TimesAnne C. All the penises you could ever possibly want! The great child psychologist gives us a moving revelation of the enormous and irreplaceable value of fairy tales – how they educate, support and liberate the emotions of children.

Sep 13, Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing Shelves: Still it’s interesting enough just to hear his thoughts on how children imagine giants and monsters to represent their inner demons.

I suppose this book was ground-breaking when it was first published, but honestly, I thought it focused way too much on the idea of all children having an oedipal complex and maybe not enough on how the violence and darkness in original fairy tales address something in a child’s imagination which the sugarcoated Disney tales leaving wanting. Return to Book Page. While I bettelheom enjoy some of the encjantment information regarding the origin of various fairy tales, this is not a book that I enjoyed or would recommend.


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One final thing– I had no idea when reading this book what age the author was imagining when he referred to kids. When Jack asks his mother to get the ax and chop down the beanstalk, that’s Jack actually asking his mother to chop off his father’s penis. The giant’s wife hiding Jack in the oven when the giant gets home?

People are kings and queens or dirt poor. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Buy the selected items together This item: Until then, I have been blissfully unaware of the psychological depth of fairy tales and how a lot of major literary works are inspired by them.

If you like fairy tales and would like to know what the critical discussion around them is, I actually would recommend giving this a look, because you should know what the major talking-points are. Segal writes, “It is the disjunction between Bettelheim’s up-to-date approach to fairy tales and his old-fashioned approach to myths that is striking. Pages to import images to Wikidata. It is also the aim of those early repositories of wisdom who first spun the enchantkent we have come to know as Fairy Tales.

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It is compulsively o. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. There was a “Contemporary” or “Current” award category from to The Uses of Enchantment: Dundes also states that his own article on Cinderella was borrowed by Bettelheim without betetlheim.

Write a customer review. I was highly disappointed at this cheapening of such beautiful stories that, I believe, have far greater meaning than what he presented.