Interested in the meaning and symbolism of folktales and fairy tales?
Do you accept Bruno Bettelheim’s Freudian account of symbolism in classic fairy tales, or do you find more truth in another analysis? I have read several books on the subject by other authors as well. They have all been illuminating, but none has been quite satisfying, although for me Erich Fromm’s The Forgotten Language came closest. Marie-Louise von Franz’s work fell widest of the mark.
I have a lifelong fascination with the language, imagery, and meaning of myths and fairy tales. I have attended numerous workshops presented by this organization and am thinking of attending these workshops in the Bay Area this spring, purely out of personal interest:
The Symbolism of Fairy Tales
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If this subject is of genuine interest to you, do you have any studies or readings to recommend?
This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.