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Fire in the Dragon and Other Psychoanalytic Essays on Folklore
Géza Róheim
Edited by Alan Dundes

Paperback | 1992 | $45.00 | £37.95 | ISBN: 9780691028682
224 pp. | 6 x 9
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The only Freudian to have been originally trained in folklore and the first psychoanalytic anthropologist to carry out fieldwork, Gza Rcheim (1891-1953) contributed substantially to the worldwide study of cultures. Combining a global perspective with encyclopedic knowledge of ethnographic sources, this Hungarian analyst demonstrates the validity of Freudian theory in both Western and non-Western settings. These seventeen essays, written between 1922 and 1953, are among Rcheim's most significant published writings and are collected here for the first time to introduce a new generation of readers to his unique interpretations of myths, folktales, and legends.

From Australian aboriginal mythology to Native American trickster tales, from the Grimm folktale canon to Hungarian folk belief, Rcheim explores a wide range of issues, such as the relationship of dreams to folklore and the primacy of infantile conditioning in the formation of adult fantasy. An introduction by folklorist Alan Dundes describes Rcheim's career, and each essay is prefaced by a brief consideration of its intellectual and bibliographical context.


"For those who have not previously read Róheim and who have at least an open mind on the possibility of applying psychoanalytic theory to folklore, you have an exciting intellectual treat in store for you. Once having read Róheim, you will never be able to look at folklore again as you did before exposure to these remarkable essays."--Alan Dundes, from the Introduction

Table of Contents:

Ch. 1 Psychoanalysis and the Folktale 3
Ch. 2 The Significance of Stepping Over 11
Ch. 3 Magic and Theft in European Folklore 19
Ch. 4 Myth and Folktale 29
Ch. 5 Saint Agatha and the Tuesday Woman 43
Ch. 6 The Story of the Light That Disappeared 59
Ch. 7 The Thread of Life 87
Ch. 8 The Bear in the Haunted Mill 103
Ch. 9 Culture Hero and Trickster in North American Mythology 115
Ch. 10 Tom, Tit, Tot 123
Ch. 11 Fire in the Dragon 129
Ch. 12 Mythology of Arnhem Land 139
Ch. 13 Fairy Tale and Dream 147
Ch. 14 The Wolf and the Seven Kids 161
Ch. 15 Hansel and Gretel 167
Ch. 16 The Language of Birds 171
Ch. 17 Dame Holle: Dream and Folktale (Grimm No. 24) 181
Index 193

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