Cinderella and her sisters : the envied and the envying

by Ann Belford Ulanov

Other authorsBarry Ulanov
Book, 1983



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Philadelphia : Westminster Press, c1983.

Physical description

186 p.; 21 cm

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Seated in her nest of ashes, Cinderella embodies human misery. The essence of inner and outer nobility, she is the envy of her cruel stepmother and her ugly sisters. Using this familiar story, Ann and Barry Ulanov explore the psychological and theological aspects of envy and goodness. In their interpretation of the tale, they move back and forth between internal and external issues—from how feminine and masculine parts of persons fit or do not fit together to how individuals conduct their lives with those of the same and opposite sexes, how they conflict, compete, or join harmoniously. The central role of envy in determining the very nature of our society—its politics, for example—is, the authors think, crucial. The authors focus on the nature of goodness as it surfaces in the envy experience. They reflect on its abundance, ability to unite disparate parts, its abiding presence, and its joy, and conclude with a brief review of the psychological literature on envy


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An incredible book that opens windows onto new depths in understanding women, men, and the human condition overall. It reaffirms the joy of life, not superficially, but in all life's colors, from darkest to brightest and in between. A refreshingly mature view of "good and evil".

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