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The books on this page are just a selection of books available about fairy tales and their storytellers available from the Standish Library. Remember to look at the tab "Scholarly Articles" for a list of recommended databases to use in searching for journal literature.
Behind every mother lurks The Great Mother with her awesome power over life and death. Numerous fairy tales deal with women's and men's fear of this power and its threat to their individuality. This fascinating study discusses the psychology of this fear and patriarchal attempts to control it by impeding female bonding. The dynamics involved in the psychology of the birth episodes is especially intriguing. The study exhibits solid scholarship and a keen sense for the relevance of the fairy tale tradition to women of today.
Library owns vols. one and two. Fairy tales can reveal a hidden side of our lives, our unconscious, and our interrelationship with others. Each of these essays provides a Jungian interpretation of a well known or rare tale to reveal the universal psychic dynamics that affect us in our lives and collectively in the world around us.
"The meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales" Examines numerous fairy tales and traditional stories including "The Three Little Pigs," Hansel and Gretel," and "Jack and the Beanstalk." This book is a classic.
What accounts for the enduring charm of fairy tales? The answer, says the author of this enchanting and insightful book, lies in the way these stories help children deal with classic psychological conflicts. The tales do this by projecting the child’s own internal struggle between good and evil onto the battles between the characters in the stories.