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Thoughts on fairy tales

From an essay by AS Byatt:

As I grow older, the fact of the existence of the world’s huge compendium of changing and unchangeable tales seems to me more, not less, mysterious. How can they so steadily resemble each other, wherever they come from? How can they be so abstract and so concrete?

Comments

  1. #1 Jason R
    October 26, 2009

    Wasn’t that the thesis of Joseph Campbell and his “theory with a thousand faces?”

  2. #2 Jessica Palmer
    October 26, 2009

    Sure, and Frazier is relevant, and Jung – the question is if you find any of the explanatory myth frameworks offered satisfactory. . . and even if you do, you can still be astonished, as Byatt is 🙂

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