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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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I also did not know how to start reading about fairy tales’ criticism, so as a beginning it helped my initiation to the subject. But that does not matter. See and discover other items: I have read that, in the years since this book’s publication, Bettelheim’s analysis has been questioned.

He od believes the converse — by depriving children of fairy tales, you deprive them of a strong resource critical to their psychological maturation. For the lover of knowledge and wisdom, The Uses of Enchantment: You should read to a child od they love and expose them to many different types of literature.

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

Certainly these do exist, but I suspect that fairy tales are even more flexible than Bettelheim gives them credit for. Segal writes, “It is the disjunction between Bettelheim’s up-to-date approach to fairy tales and his old-fashioned approach to bruon that is striking.

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Vintage; 1 edition May 11, Language: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? I’m only happy that I would have influenced Bruno Bettelheim. It is compulsively readable. Bettelheim presents a case that fairy tales help children solve certain existential problems such separation anxiety, oedipal conflict, and sibling rivalries.


Lists with This Book. Vintage Books Random House, It turns out Gaiman lifted that particular line from an author I respect far more, so let’s start this over again with a G.

I absolutely love this book. One that sets impossible tasks and then banishes the young girl to lie in the dirt and in the filth. Think Freudian fairy tales. May 25, Sahel encahntment it really liked it Shelves: He acknowledges this, and, as such, one of his most compelling overall arguments is that fairy tales allow children to work through multiple, and very normal, psychological conflicts about relationships and their bodies and their psychic growth and biological development that, if addressed directly, would tye and stunt.

There is a lot of useful analysis and history, and there are some really lovely passages about the universality and applicability of fairy tales. This book is an important stepping-stone on the path of enchantmrnt tale scholarship, and should be read for that reason if you’re interested in the subject. Well, to be entirely fair, I did feel pretty strange and uncomfortable mostly the first time I read The Uses of Enchantment for that course I was taking, and now, more than thirty years after that university level perusal, I no longer really feel all that massively uncomfortable, I just feel as though Bruno Bettelheim is a bit over-the-top with his Freudian fairy tale analyses and I can at enchantent partially enjoy and also find some rather perverse humour in just how sexually charged the author seems to consider many if not most fairy tales to be and in their entirety in other words, I find the author’s one-sidedness of interpretation rather hilarious and yes also a bit sad, as The Uses of Enchantment really does not seem to show much if any possibility that there are different manners of interpretation possible and probable, that everything is somehow enchantmet based on sex and on Freud’s attitudes towards betfelheim.

I had to purchase this book for an English composition class and I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed reading this book. I also disliked Bettelheim’s analysis of Charles Perrault and his tales in generalto say that they’re flippant and mocking enchantmdnt not really fair and it also shows a lack of research, given that Perrault was a man, posing as a woman Mother Goose and writing in a genre dominated by womenwho he counted as his colleagues.


As long as that isn’t the case, it might be worth a gander, if only for a few laughs.

His points about the function of fairy tales, how children and adults read them and what children get out of reading them on pre- sub- and conscious levels, is convincing. All his analysis of the meaning of fairy tales is filled with the jargon of superego, id, unconscious processes, neurosis, oedipal complexes, etc. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The extreme violence and ugly emotions of many fairy tales serve to deflect what may well be going on in the child’s mind anyway.

For what it wants to do, it succeeds. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Problem is we have no way to verify other than to take his word for it. The frog in that tale being a metaphor for a penis – it actually makes a lot of sense, in context. View all 5 comments. Dec 07, Jacqueline rated it really liked it. He has some valuable things to say, but he belabors his sexual ideas so these get drowned out. The late child psychologist is accused of ‘wholesale borrowing’ for study of fairy talesLos Angeles TimesAnne C.

How many times can you see a helpless female princess being rescued by a valiant male knight, or a female protagonist whose most essential attribute is prettiness, before it has an effect on you?

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