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Spinning Straw into Gold: What Fairy Tales…

Spinning Straw into Gold: What Fairy Tales Reveal About the… (2005)

by Joan Gould

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Joan Gould selects three or four fairy tales or myths and dissects them in each stage of a woman's life: maiden, matron, and crone. She uses the allegory found in each fairy tale and translates it into ways a modern woman might feel in today's world. It's a very insightful book and well-researched, however, I think the sections on the maiden and matron are a bit long. She cites her sources in the back, but there are no footnotes where she uses quotations. But definitely useful for a paper on fairy tales. ( )
  macart3 | Sep 15, 2010 |
Book Description: Published Feb 2005, Random House. Hardback. CONDITION NEW COPY, Binding: Hardback, Pages: 432pp. 1st Edition, 1st Printing. 8vo - over 7" - 9¾" tall.
  Czrbr | Jun 7, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812975456, Paperback)

What’s your favorite fairy tale? Whether it’s “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Hansel and Gretel,” or another story, your answer reveals something significant about you, your experiences, and your soul. In this penetrating book, Joan Gould brings to the surface the hidden meanings in fairy tales and myths, and illuminates what they can tell you about the stages in your own life. As Gould explores the transformations that women go through from youth to old age–leaving home and mother, the first experience of sexuality, the surprising ambivalence of marriage, the spiritual work required by menopause and aging–her keen observations will enrich your awareness of your inner life.
Full of archetypal figures known to us all, Spinning Straw into Gold also includes stories from the lives of ordinary women that clarify the insights to be gained from the beloved tales that have been handed down from one generation to the next.

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"Throughout this illuminating book, Gould delves into the deeper meanings behind fairy tales and myths - helping you to understand not only what your choice of fairy tale may mean for you, but also what you need to be doing during the three main stages of development: maiden, matron, and crone."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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