Fairy Tales as Cultural Discourse, part 2:
Stories about Nationalism, Loss of Empathy and Aging

5 consecutive Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Eastern Time, USA via Zoom
Beginning April 11, 2024

Instructor: Mary Apikos

This course is not offered for NYS CE contact hours.

       Over the course of five weeks students will be given an in-depth overview of some of the most essential genres and story motifs in the oral to written story telling tradition.  By understanding the historical and cultural context that a story is told in, we will see how stories evolve to interact with other forces that impact our lives. Whether you are an artist, writer or a person who wants to experience story and art in a more informed way, you will learn how your story is connected to multi-cultural folklore and literary fairytales.

       In this course, we will explore a Jungian Arts-Based Research approach. Sessions will include; Brothers Grimm and the rise of German nationalism; loss of empathy and the concept of hot versus cold evil through the works of Marie-Louise von Franz; the uniqueness of mid-life and elder tales; story mapping & classification systems; and finding one’s “true name” and “true place.”

This is a multi-disciplinary course using music, film clips, art historical and literary references. Readings of both folklore and fairytales as well as scholarly texts are provided for our discussions, but not required, as all resources will be discussed during my presentation.  This course is a continuation of the Fall course, but with all new material, so you can benefit from attending this course without having taken part 1.


Learning Objectives:

On completion of this class, you will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of Folklore & Fairy Tale typology and their multi-cultural variations using Stith-Thompson Motif Index
  2. Interpret symbols found in specific Folklore & Fairy Tales using resources provided on bibliography.
  3. Analyze stories using of key Jungian concepts
  4. Apply course materials to the making of personal creative works.
  5. Increase understanding of the historical context from which stories emerge and change.

Class sessions:

  1. Cautionary Tales, Nationalism & The Brothers Grimm
  2. Hot Evil & Marie-Louise von Franz
  3. Cold Evil & Marie-Louise von Franz
  4. Mid-life and Elder tales, Story mapping & Motif Classification
  5. True Home & True Name Tales, Story mapping & Motif Classification


Mary Apikos taught at Parsons School of Design NYC for 17 years. She taught inter-disciplinary courses about aspects of design culture that fell through the cracks to people who fell through the cracks. She is ABD in Cultural Anthropology from CUNY Graduate Center and has worked as an ethnographic textile conservator at the Museum of the American Indian, George Heye Foundation NYC and in private practice where she specialized in the care of sacred materials. In 2022 Mary completed a one-year remote applied arts program at the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies in South Africa and is on staff at The London Arts Based Research Centre. She is a working artist and currently resides in Chicago. Her work can be seen on her website maryapikos.com

 Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP, is a senior Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City.  Former President of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, he is also a longtime faculty member. He has taught courses in dream interpretation online and in person for over 25 years.  He has published numerous papers on dream interpretation, Jungian psychology, narcissistic injury, systems theory and autism.

David Rottman, MA, is past President of the C.G. Jung Foundation and is a member of the Jung Foundation’s Continuing Education Faculty. He is the author of The Career as a Path to the Soul. He was the editor and publisher for The Way of the Image by Yoram Kaufmann. He has a private practice in New York City.

Maria Taveras, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City.  She is also an award-winning creator of Dream Art.  She creates art from images in her own dreams and is the recipient of two Gradiva Awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for her Dream Art.  Her Dream Art has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, London, Montreal, and Cape Town.

Program Information


$150 per single-day program registration. There are no scholarships available for this program.

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All 5-week courses are $175 for the general public and $150 for members.


The full fee must be paid at the time of registration.
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$175 General Public

$150 Members


When you pay you must also email your current email address and telephone number to the Foundation at cgjungny@aol.com.  The Foundation will send you an email message and you must reply to confirm receipt. If you are taking this course for 7.5 CE contact hours for licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists, please specify which license you hold and give your NYS license number.

 Class size is limited. Early registration is strongly recommended. Refunds for continuing education courses, less $15 for administrative services, will be made up to seven days before the first session. There will be no refunds issued after classes have begun. No exceptions will be made. Programs are subject to change without notice.

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