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.

Author: Yozahn Zurn
Country: Mexico
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: History
Published (Last): 23 August 2008
Pages: 497
PDF File Size: 15.42 Mb
ePub File Size: 8.75 Mb
ISBN: 626-5-44162-533-2
Downloads: 59982
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kegor

Apr 29, Katherine Sas rated it really liked it Shelves: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

It was assigned for my Storytelling class, otherwise I would’ve dropped it after the introduction. But the annoying thing is, every once in a while, this crazyhead says something strangely apt. Views Read Edit View history. He said, “We all plagiarize. Still it’s interesting enough just to hear his thoughts on how children imagine giants and monsters to represent their inner demons.

Start reading The Uses of Enchantment on your Kindle in under a minute.

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

The book is divided into two main sections. One of the things we need to understand, he says, is that in their original form, before being twisted into “clean” enchanfment by Disney, fairy tales help children face their earliest and darkest of fears. This book is an important stepping-stone on the path of fairy tale scholarship, and should be read for that reason if you’re interested in the subject. Quotes from The Uses of Encha Their Origin, Meaning, and Usefulnessrev.


The late child enchantemnt is accused of ‘wholesale borrowing’ for study of fairy talesLos Angeles TimesAnne C.

Books by Bruno Bettelheim. Here is the reassurance for the child who believes they are beneath contempt and undeserving of love — that someone will love them despite it all. But that does not matter.

Follow the Author

Jul 05, Peter rated it it was ok Shelves: Bettelheim presents a case that fairy tales help children solve certain existential problems such separation anxiety, oedipal conflict, and sibling rivalries. You can go on and live happily ever after now. I also did not know how to start reading about fairy tales’ criticism, so as a beginning it helped my initiation to the subject. I assume like 8 or 10 or 12? Bettelgeim that would be a real pity.

The Uses of Enchantment

One of my favorites– instead of: Such is the jealousy of mother to a daughter seeking to take her place. Just keep your sense of humor about you, take much of what he says with a grain of salt, and you’ll likely find a few gems in here.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Showing of reviews. I think the article is a reasonable scholarly endeavor, and bettrlheim it scholarly etiquette is appropriate. He then, t While I did enjoy some of the historical information regarding the origin of various fairy tales, this is not a book that I enjoyed or would recommend.


From what I’ve learned outside this book, the differences between different groups of European fairy betetlheim versus Italian versus English versus German, etc. One final thing– I had no idea when reading this book what age the author was imagining when he referred to kids.

More sensitive children who would be upset by imagery, like Behtelheim stepsisters cutting up their feet or Snow White’s stepmother dancing herself to death in red-hot shoes, apparently aren’t relevant to his pronouncements.

It would’ve been good to have some idea.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. The large scheme of the book Bettelhejm enjoyed: 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.