Daniel M. Ogilvie

in Fantasies of Flight

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195157468
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894024 | DOI:

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This chapter continues the author's habit of illustrating a set of ideas by applying them to a story: a modern fairy tale called Dumbo, the Flying Elephant. The notations on some of the main elements in this well-known story reiterate observations made earlier about the coincidence of imaginary flight and maternal separation. This analysis of the story is not offered as “proof” of anything that has been said. Instead, is should be regarded as an exercise, a way to consolidate some gains, or as a vehicle of transition from the realm of theory to the realm of application.

Keywords: Dumbo; maternal separation; flight; flying fantasies

Chapter.  2042 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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