Considering the Use of Fairy Tales to Heal Trauma: Bettelheim’s Uses of Enchantment

*The following is an assignment written as part of my MA in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University for module ‘Critical and Theoretical Perspectives’. In Bruno Bettelheim’s 1976 book ‘The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales’, Bettelheim applies a Freudian psychoanalytical lens onto several classic children’s fairy tales. Bettelheim’s analysis claims thatContinue reading “Considering the Use of Fairy Tales to Heal Trauma: Bettelheim’s Uses of Enchantment”

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – A Review

Peter Pan is a classic novel written by playwright and novelist J.M. Barrie about an impish flying boy called Peter who rejects all notions of adulthood, instead living in an idealistic mythical world called Neverland that enables him to never grow up. Peter lives with a gang of friends called The Lost Boys, with whomContinue reading “Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – A Review”