From game to war and other psychoanalytic essays on by Alan Dundes

By Alan Dundes

Even though folklore has been amassed for hundreds of years, its attainable subconscious content material and value were explored basically because the creation of psychoanalytic thought. Freud and a few of his early disciples famous the opportunity of such folkloristic genres as fantasy, folktale, and legend to light up the difficult workings of the human psyche. during this quantity Alan Dundes, a popular folklorist who has effectively committed the higher a part of his occupation to utilizing psychoanalytic conception to the fabrics of folklore, deals 5 of his newest and mature essays in this subject.

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Sebillot 1885; Holsti 1912; Ribeiro 1943) which discuss wars to come or protective measures to ward off injury or death. Yet there is relevant folklore. S. Army: "This is my rifle; this is my gun; one is for fighting, the other for fun" (cf. Trnka 1995:234-236). The symbolic equivalence of penis and gun is indisputable in this rhyme, and with no help needed from Freud! Even hunters can occasionally acknowledge the symbolic nature of guns (cf. Swan 1995:197). The phallic nature of guns, by the way, may help explain why the National Rifle Association in the United States is so adamantly opposed to gun control-it is clearly a fear of castration!

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