In Search of Cupid and Psyche: Myth and Legend in Children's Literature

"Cupid and Psyche": Apuleius

Weeks: One -- Three

The following pages are required for weeks one--three of In Search of Cupid and Psyche: Myth and Legend in Children's Literature.

Cupid and Psyche, by Apuleius; translation by Robert Graves.

Focus questions--1

Focus questions--2

Supplementary readings: 

Apuleius Web site

Introduction: "The argument" (read up to and then skim "What is a myth?");

"Ground" myths (various): Authorities discuss and define "myth" and "mythology";

"Mythological and Archetypal Approaches" (Wilfred L. Guerin);

Psycho-analytic criticism of "Cupid and Psyche" organized by James Gollnick:

  • from: Amor and Pysche, (1956), by Erich Neumann;

  • from: The Uses of Enchantment, (1975), by Bruno Bettelheim;

  • from: Het Sprookje van Amor en Psyche in het licht der Psychoanalyse, (1917), by J. Schroeder



    Further Reading 

    Lucius Apuleius. The Transformations of Lucius, Otherwise Known as The Golden Ass / a new translation by Robert Graves. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1951, 1972.

    Joseph Campbell. The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1968, 1973. (particularly Chapter II, 1-3).

    Joseph Campbell. The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology. New York: Viking, 1959.

    Mircea Eliade. The Myth of the Eternal Return, or, Cosmos and History, translated from the French by Willard R. Trask. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1971.

    Northrop Frye. the Stubborn Structure. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1970.

    Northrop Frye. Anatomy of Criticism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1957.

    Rene Girard. Violence and the Sacred. Johns Hopkins UP, 1979

    Robert Graves. The Greek Myths. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1963.

    Jane Ellen Harrison. Mythology. New York: Harcourt, 1924, 1963.

    S.H. Hooke. Middle Eastern Mythology. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1963, 1971.

    The Language of Poetry, edited by Allen Tate. New York: Russell, 1960.

    David Adams Leeming. The World of Myth: An Anthology. New York: Oxford UP, 1990.

    Claude Levi-Strauss. The Raw and the Cooked. London: Cape, 1970.

    The Lost Tradition: Mothers and Daughters in Literature, edited by Cathy M. Davidson and E.M. Broner. New York: Ungar, 1980.

    Annis Pratt. Archetypal Patterns in Women's Fiction. Brighton: Harvester, 1982.

    Philip Wheelwright. Metaphor and Reality. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1962.


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