This thesis is a study of the common themes shared by traditional folklore and modern American urban legends. The author consulted expert mythologists such as Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and Marie-Louise von Franz to research the prevalent themes of fairy tales and fables. She identified archetypes and psychological motifs in stories from the past and present. They show that the themes of these stories explain human existence and are repeated in cultures around the world as a means of social control.
Gardner, S. (2000). Always The Same Old Story: How Urban Legends Develop And Spread In Modern America. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.