Cinderella and tales of the persecuted heroine
A presentation by Suzanne Davidson
Thursday 4 June 2009, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
St Mary’s Parish House, Cn Merviale and Peel Sts,
Members and concession $5; Non-members $10
The story of Cinderella is one of the most recognised stories around the world, with an estimated 1500 versions appearing in the folklore of countries for over a thousand years. What is it about this story that continues to intrigue us so? What are the origins of the well-known motifs of the hearth/ ashes, the glass slipper, the fairygodmother, the animal helpers, the marriage to the prince - and what do these motifs symbolise in Jungian terms? This presentation will explore different variations of the tale and locate it within the larger genre of ‘persecuted heroines’; examine a few approaches (including psychoanalytical approaches) to interpreting the tale; and conclude with some Jungian-influenced observations about the story’s insights into the psychology of envy and the challenge of female individuation in a patriarchal society.
Paricipants will also be invited to experience a meditation to meet their own wise guide.
Suzanne Davidson, BA, LLB, AACC, is currently undertaking post-graduate studies in depth psychology and mythology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, California. A former practising lawyer, communications professional and conference producer, Suzanne founded a career consultancy for adults in mid-life called Life Artistry. She lives in Maleny with her husband James, where they are the founders and principals of an academic and scholarly publishing house, eContent Management (www.e-contentmanagement.com).