Departmental Bulletin Paper Two Psychoanalytical Readings of The Little Prince

Kodama, Christine de Larroche

 This is the presentation and analysis of two books written by twopsychoanalysts about Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince). Marie-Louise von Franz gave a series of twelve lectures during thewinter semester 1959-60 at the Jung Institute in Zurich on the subject of theeternal youth type. The first eight lectures consisted in an analysis of Saint-Exupéry’s book, the French pilot and writer being presented as a prototypeof The Problem of the Puer Aeternus published in 1970. Eugen Drewermann, a German theologian and psychoanalyst, alsogave his own interpretation of The Little Prince in a book published in 1984without any reference to Franz. After a detailed presentation of each book,the two psychoanalytical interpretations are compared. A quick overviewof La Sagesse du Petit Prince (The Wisdom of the Little Prince) by thepsychologist Pierre Lassus, published in 2014 shows, by contrast, thedepth and perspicacity of the two psychoanalytic readings complementingeach other and offering a new perspective on Saint-Exupéry himself andhis most famous work.

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