International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich

03 Psychological Interpretation of Myths & Fairy Tales


Basic literature


C.G. Jung

CW 9/I

“The Phenomenology of the Spirit in Fairy Tales”, “On the Psychology of the Trickster Figure”. JCE9/I

CW 13

“The Spirit Mercurius”. JCE13

Jung C.G.,
Kerényi, K.

Essays on a Science of Mythology. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993. JE13, XJE13


Other Jungian publications

Baratoff, N.

The Water of Life: Russian Tales in Jungian Perspective. Asheville, N.C.: Chiron, 2020. FA21

Campbell, J.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces. London: Paladin Grafton, 1988. G4E

Dieckmann, H.

Twice-Told Tales: The Psychological Use of Fairy Tales. Wilmette: Chiron, 1986. PA-Di3E

Franz, M.-L.v.

The Interpretation of Fairy Tales. Boston: Shambhala, 1996. PA-Fa18E

The Feminine in Fairy Tales. New York: Spring, 1972. PA-Fa17E

The Golden Ass of Apuleius: The Liberation of the Feminine in Man. Boston: Shambhala, 1992. PA-Fa13E

Creation Myths. Boston: Shambhala, 1995. PA-Fa12E

The Psychological Meaning of Redemption Motifs in Fairy Tales. Toronto: Inner City, 1980. PA-Fa16E

Archetypal Symbols in Fairytales: The Profane and Magical Worlds. Volume 1 of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz. Asheville, N.C.: Chiron, 2021

Archetypal Symbols in Fairytales: The Hero’s Journey. Volume 2 of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz. Asheville, N.C.: Chiron, 2021

Archetypal Symbols in Fairytales: The Maiden’s Quest. Volume 3 of the Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz. Asheville, N.C.: Chiron, 2021

Jacoby M.,
Kast V.,
Riedel I.

Witches, Ogres and the Devil’s Daughter. Boston: Shambhala, 1992. FA3E

Jung, E.,
Franz, M.-L.v.

The Grail Legend. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998. PA341:12E

Kast, V.

Through Emotions to Maturity. New York: Fromm, 1993. PA-Ka6E

Lang, A.

The Arabian Nights Entertainments. New York: Dover, 1969. F22

Lopez-Pedraza, R.

Hermes and his Children. Einsiedeln: Daimon, 1989. PA144E

Neumann, E.

Amor and Psyche. New York: Pantheon, 1956. PA-N2E

Stein M.,
Corbett L.

Psyche’s Stories. Vols. I/II/III. Chiron: Wilmette, 1991-1996. FA1:1-3

Zimmer, H.

The King and the Corpse. New York: Pantheon Books, 1956. G19E


Non-Jungian publications

Bettelheim, B.

The Uses of Enchantment. New York: Vintage Books, 1977. F16E

Eliade, M.

Myth and Reality. New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1968. G3

Myths, Dreams and Mysteries. New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1967. G1E

Rites and Symbols of Initiation. Woodstock: Spring, 1995. A13E

Frazer, J.

The Golden Bough Part III: The Dying God. London: Macmillan, 1911. G74

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion. New York: Macmillan, 1951. G64E

Kerényi, K.

The Gods of the Greeks. London: Thames & Hudson, 1961. GG2E

The Heroes of the Greeks. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1997. GG3E

(See also other essays by Kerényi)

Lüthi, M.

The European Folktale. Bloomington: Indiana Universitiy Press, 1986. F4E

The Fairy Tale as Art Form and Portrait of Man. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984. F5

Once Upon a Time: On the Nature of Fairy Tales. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1970. F2E

Otto, W.

Dionysus. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1965. GG27E

Radin, P.

The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology. With commentaries by K. Kerényi and C.G. Jung. New York: Philosophical Library, 1956. G11E

Zipes, J.

The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.


Further literature


Original sources

Afanas’ev, A.

Russian Fairy Tales. New York: Pantheon Books, 1973. F10E

Brothers Grimm

The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales. London: Routledge & Kegan, 1975 / 72. F8 / XF1

Budge, E.

The Gods of the Egyptians. 2 vols. New York: Dover, 1969. G75:1-2


Odyssey and Iliad (various editions). GG8, GG25, etc.

Jacobs, J.

English Fairy Tales. New York: Dover, 1967. F17

Celtic Fairy Tales. London: Leopard, 1995. F15

Indian Fairy Tales. New York: Dover Publ., 1969. F18

More English Fairy Tales. London: Abela, 2009. F92

Lang, A.

The Arabian Nights Entertainments. New York: Dover, 1969. F22


Metamorphoses. Dallas: Spring Publications, 1989. HL24

Sandars, N.

The Epic of Gilgamesh. London: Penguin Books, 1972. RA13

Van der Post, L.

The Heart of the Hunter. New York: William Morrow, 1961. A26E



Campbell, J.

The Masks of God. 4 vols. New York: Penguin, 1962-1968. G26E-G29E


Animal life in nature, myth and dreams. Wilmette: Chiron, 2003 XE35

Historical Atlas of World Mythology. 2 vols. San Francisco/New York: Harper & Row, 1983/1988. XG1:1/XG1:2-1

Frazer, Sir J.

Folk-lore in the Old Testament. 3 vols. London: Macmillan, 1919. R28:1-3

Grimm, J.

Teutonic Mythology. 4 vols. Kessinger Publishing, 2003. XG4:1-4

Leach, M.,
Fried, J.

Funk & Wagnalls Folklore, Mythology and Legend. New York: Harper & Row, 1984. XG8

Matthews, B.

The Herder Dictionary of Symbols. Wilmette: Chiron, 1993. S8E

MacKenzie, D.A.

Teutonic Myth and Legend. Cheyenne: Alexandria Arch., 2008. G78

Onians, R.

The Origins of European Thought. New York: Arno Press, 1973 / Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988. HP11 / XF9

Sproul, B.

Primal Myths. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1979. G22

Stevens, A.

Ariadne’s Clue. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998. PA199

Thompson, S

Motif-Index of Folk-Literature. Rev.ed. 6 vols. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1955-58. XF7:1-6


Additional literature

Birkhäuser-Oeri, S.

The Mother: Archetypal Image in Fairy Tales. Toronto: Inner City Books, 1988. PA30E

Burland, C.

North American Indian Mythology. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1996. G24

Estés, Clarissa Pinkola

Women Who Run with the Wolves. New York: Baltimore Books, 1992. PM1E

Federer, Y.

The Animal Within. Eglisau: Y. Federer, 2002 XS17

Hill, J.

“Fairy Tale Drama, Enacting rituals of Play, Laughter and Tears” in Jung and Moreno: essays on the theatre of human nature, edited by C.E. Stephenson. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. PA430

Kluger, R.

The Archetypal Significance of Gilgamesh. Einsiedeln: Daimon, 1991. PA29

Otto, W.

The Homeric Gods. Boston: Beacon Press, 1954. GG4E

Rees, A.& B.

Celtic Heritage. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1998. G23

Zimmer, H.

Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilisation. New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1962. RH4E

03 Reference works available for written exam

Becker, U.

The Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols. New York: Continuum, 1994. XS7

Biedermann, H.

Dictionary of Symbolism. New York: Meridian, 1994. XS9

Vries, A. de

Dictionary of Symbols and Imagery. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2005. S1 / XS2

Radice, B.

Who’s Who in the Ancient World. Middlesex, England: Penguin, 1977 GG67 / XG5

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