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Books on Mythology & Fairy Tales

2. Redemption Motifs in Fairy Tales
Marie-Louise von Franz
ISBN 0-919123-01-5. Index. 128 pp. 1980. $25.00

Nonlinear approach to the significance of fairy tales for an understanding of the process of psychological development. Concise explanations of complexes, projection, archetypes and active imagination. A classic.


ISBN 0-919123-05-8. Index. 112 pp. 1981. $25.00

Pioneer study of the need for an inner female authority in a masculine- oriented society. Interprets the journey into the underworld of Inanna-Ishtar, Goddess of Heaven and Earth, to see Ereshkigal, her dark sister. So must modern women descend into the depths of themselves.


ISBN 0-919123-17-1. Index. 192 pp. 1984. OUT OF PRINT

Helpful guidelines for both therapists and clients, including methodology (strategy and techniques) and detailed suggestions for psychosexual and developmental assessment. Emphasis on revaluing the feminine in relationships.


ISBN 0-919123-33-3. Index. 176 pp. 1988. $30.00

A practical illustration of how the mother complex functions in the world as well as in the deeper regions of the psyche. The focus here is on positive and negative aspects of the maternal image in wellknown fairy tales, including Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel.


ISBN 0-919123-46-5. 14 illustrations. Index. 128 pp. 1990. $25.00

Through the psychological interpretation of an Australian aboriginal myth and the making of a medicine-man, the author explores the role of the archetypes in the growth of individual and collective consciousness.


ISBN 0-919123-63-5. Index. 144 pp. 1994. $25.00

A comprehensive overview of inner events and creative possibilities during the years after middle age. Prétat explores the tasks and potential rewards of this period, including the relevance of the Demeter-Persephone myth.


ISBN 0-919123-64-3. Index. 144 pp. 1994. $25.00

Saturn was the Roman god who ate his children to stop them from usurping his power. Men have been psychologically and spiritually wounded by this legacy. Hollis offers a rich perspective on the secrets men carry in their hearts.


ISBN 0-919123-69-4. Index. 160 pp. 1995. $25.00

Whatever our cultural and religious background or personal psychology, a greater intimacy with myth provides a vital link with meaning, the absence of which is so often behind the neuroses of our time. Here the acclaimed author of The Middle Passage (title 59) explains why a connection with our mythic roots is crucial for us as individuals and as responsible citizens of our age.


76. Archetypal Patterns in Fairy Tales
Marie-Louise von Franz
ISBN 0-919123-77-5. Index. 192 pp. 1997. $30.00

Features in-depth studies of six fairy tales—from Spain, Denmark, China, France and Africa, and one from Grimm—with references to parallel motifs in many others. Unique insights into cross-cultural motifs and individual psychology.


ISBN 0-919123-79-1. 15 illustrations. Index. 128 pp. 1998. $25.00

Visual imagery, historical data, mythological amplification, modern dream material, synchronistic phenomena and first-hand experience are the substance of this whirlwind text that uncovers the psychological significance of great storms.


83. The Cat: A Tale of Feminine Redemption
Marie-Louise von Franz
ISBN 0-919123-84-7. 8 illustrations. Index. 128 pp. 1999. $25.00

“The Cat” is a Romanian fairy tale about a princess who at the age of seventeen is bewitched—turned into a cat. Von Franz unravels the symbolic threads in this story, from enchantment to beating, the ringing of bells, golden apples, somersaults, witches, etc. Throughout,, she explores the great themes of redemption and the union of opposites. Grounded in experience.


ISBN 0-919123-98-8. 27 illustrations. Index. 224 pp. 2002. $30.00

Russack’s moving narrative of his and others’ experience of animals—dogs, waterbirds, deer, whales, geese, frogs, elephants, dolphins, horses, boar, octopuses, unicorns and many more—teases out their psychological significance through the deft use of mythology, poetry, dreams and case material.


100. Animus and Anima in Fairy Tales
Marie-Louise von Franz
Edited by Daryl Sharp
ISBN 1-894574-01-X. Index. 128 pp. 2002. $25.00

Dr. von Franz devoted much of her life to the difficult task of interpreting fairy tales, bringing clarity and earthy good humor to the work. Here she focuses on what fairy tales can tell us about the contrasexual complexes—animus and anima—that inform our fantasies and behavior concerning the opposite sex, both inner and outer. Yet another treasure from this great author.


ISBN 1-894574-08-7. Index. Sewn. 160 pp. 2004. $25.00

Contemporary Western culture is seeking a new paradigm of manliness relevant to both men and women, at all stages of life. More and more we question the models provided by our personal and collective fathers. We have been trapped in too narrow a definition of the masculine. We are ready for a new one, one that does not diminish the essence of maleness, but is also broader than the too-pervasive limits of toughness, defensiveness, rigidity, rationality and aggression.

Our very survival may depend on growing into a broader sense of the masculine: one that welcomes equal partnership with women, lifting from them the burden of hiding their own fullness of character so as not to intimidate the men around them or be the targets of their aggression; one that encourages the growth of the new generation, the new idea, the new crop, the new art, with the confidence of understanding that none of them can emerge without receptive fathering. An enlarged concept of masculinity is the promise of this most engaging book.



ISBN 1-894574-10-9. Index. Sewn. 160 pp. 2004. $25.00

Tales told by shadowy elders around ancient campfires offered both explanation and comfort. Life hasn’t changed that much: our dependence on explanation and comfort still lies just under our busy ambition and constant yearning. Most of the time, the basic assumptions of our early years were so viscerally absorbed that we have never made them articulate, and therefore never had any way to evaluate their relevance for us now. What if they are outdated? Immature? Beside the point? In this new volume, James Hollis shows us a way to bring those stories to consciousness—what questions to ask, and when. And also what to expect of ourselves in the process. This is not a quick fix book; in fact, waking up to our truth is sometimes very painful. But it is real. And it may be the only way to discover that sense of meaning and personal authenticity that no amount of outer success can provide.