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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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 horrify and stunt.

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Now there are fairy tale studies by the dozen, and many are fascinating: Morphology of the Folktale. In any case, there is a reason was as influential as it was, and remains essential today.

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

Their Origin, Meaning, and Usefulnessrev. The book uses a Freudian framework, but you don’t have to believe in a literal id, ego, and superego to appreciate the insight Bettelheim brings to stories and how they are absorbed Recommended for anyone who deals with children Bettelheim was an old-fashioned Freudian psychiatrist — the kind who talked to patients instead of drugging them — and a Holocaust survivor.

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For looking at fairy tales, this is a useful starting place but should be taken as the beginning, not the end of, the conversation. While he’s analyzing the effects on the modern child, I think acknowledging these differing histories more clearly and consistently would have improved the book for me a lot. He gained an international reputation for his views on autism and for his claimed success in treating emotionally disturbed children.

View all 4 comments. 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 enchantmeny of children. This one certainly seemed to be. As the book went on, I grew fearful that I had become convinced. A lot of the ideas he puts forward have become common talking-points regarding the fairy tales to which they apply.

This, I do agree with. Bettelheim does a remarkable job in driving these points home. Now if I were just ranking The Uses of Enchantment for its text and only for its text, I would most probably be usew it with a low three stars readable but with some definite potential issues and problems.

I also did not know how to start reading about fairy tales’ criticism, so as a beginning it helped my initiation to the subject. For what it wants to do, it succeeds. Dundes also states that his own article on Cinderella was borrowed by Bettelheim usess acknowledgement. Also I was interested to learn that in the original 3 Little Pigs, the wolf ends up trying to come down the last pig’s chimney, only to nruno boiled alive and eaten by the pig!!

Orientalism, Colonization, and Children’s Literature,” but holy shit, I just wanted to WALLOP him with that until he agreed to uss the book with some consideration to the idea that children aren’t a fucking monolith.

The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim

In the Winter edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of American FolkloreAlan Dundesthen a year bettelgeim in the anthropology department at the University of California, Berkeley, presented a case that Bettelheim had copied key passages from A Psychiatric Study of Myths and Fairy Tales: Bettelheim presents a case that fairy enchantmen help children solve certain existential problems such separation anxiety, oedipal conflict, and sibling rivalries. There are a lot more recent interesting books on both fairytale analysis and child development out there.


Bettleheim, he writes, “Psychoanalysis was created to enable man to accept the problematic nature of life without being defeated by it, or giving in to escapism. What I did NOT enjoy, and what so clearly dated this book, was the the application of Freudian theory to almost every detail of the various fairy tales dissected. Our whole society rejects this, of course. I would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys learning about another perspective of some of the most famous stories ever told.

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The short version of what this book is about is that fairy tales are a very particular genre. After the war, he emigrated to Chicago, where he did terrific work with children suffering from serious psychological problems.

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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. Vintage Books Random House, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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