Mary Poppins as a manifestation of the two opposing realms of the psyche.

*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 Pamela Lydon Travers’ 1934 children’s novel Mary Poppins the pivotal character of Mary overthrows the platitudinous notion of witches representing something evil and corrupt. In this essay I will be discussingContinue reading “Mary Poppins as a manifestation of the two opposing realms of the psyche.”

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”