Archetypal possibilities

Meta-representations, a critique of von Franz’s interpretation of fairy tale genre focusing on Jean Cocteau’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Authored by: Leslie Gardner

The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138666962
eBook ISBN: 9781315619163
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A colleague of Jung’s, Marie Louise von Franz (1915–1998) was a widely acclaimed commentator on the fairy tale form that she said was an instance of ‘pure’ archetype. In this chapter, I want to examine this claim and other facets of her interpretations of fairy tales by using poet, artist, film and theatre director Jean Cocteau’s film of the ancient tale of Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête, 1946) as a focal point.

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