A Companion to the Fairy Tale

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Introduction by Derek Brewer. This book discusses the characteristics of the traditional fairy tale in Europe and North America, and various theories of its development and interpretation. The book deals with the main collections - the Grimm brothers, Hans Andersen, Perrault and Afanes'ev - and with the development of tales in various regions of Europe, including Ireland, Wales, Scandinavia, Germany and Russia, as well as India, where it was once claimed that they originated. The subject of the fairy tale is a ...

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Overview

Introduction by Derek Brewer. This book discusses the characteristics of the traditional fairy tale in Europe and North America, and various theories of its development and interpretation. The book deals with the main collections - the Grimm brothers, Hans Andersen, Perrault and Afanes'ev - and with the development of tales in various regions of Europe, including Ireland, Wales, Scandinavia, Germany and Russia, as well as India, where it was once claimed that they originated. The subject of the fairy tale is a controversial one: problems discussed here include the relationship between tales recorded from story-tellers and literary works, the importance of printed works for the spread of the tales, the growth of recent examples with a feminine approach, the spread of popular tales like Cinderella, special types like the cumulative tales, possible effects of TV, and the nature of traditional plots and characters. Above all, the collection is concerned with the distribution and long survival of these tales, and the nature of their appeal. SHORTLISTED FOR THE KATHARINE BRIGGS FOLKLORE AWARD 2004. Contributors: GRAHAM ANDERSON, DAVID BLAMIRES, RUTH BOTTIGHEIMER, DEREK BREWER, MARY BROCKINGTON, ANNA CHAUDHRI, HILDA ELLIS DAVIDSON, ROBIN GWYNDAF, BENGT HOLBEK, DAVID HUNT, REIMUND KVIDELAND, PATRICIA LYSAGHT, NEIL PHILIP, JAMES RIORDAN, PAT SCHAEFER, TOM SHIPPEY, JOYCE THOMAS.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843840817
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/20/2006
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Interpretation of Fairy Tales 15
2 Creativity and Tradition in the Fairy Tale 39
3 The Ultimate Fairy Tale: Oral Transmission in a Literate World 57
4 A Workshop of Editorial Practice: The Grimms' Kinder- und Hausmarchen 71
5 Old Tales for New: Finding the First Fairy Tales 85
6 Helpers and Adversaries in Fairy Tales 99
7 'Catch if you can': The Cumulative Tale 123
8 Unknown Cinderella: The Contribution of Marian Roalfe Cox to the Study of Fairy Tale 137
9 Hans Christian Andersen's Use of Folktales 149
10 The Collecting and Study of Tales in Scandinavia 159
11 The Wonder Tale in Ireland 169
12 Welsh Folk Narrative and the Fairy Tale 191
13 The Ossetic Oral Narrative Tradition: Fairy Tales in the Context of Other Forms of Traditional Literature 203
14 Russian Fairy Tales and Their Collectors 217
15 Fairy-Tale Motifs from the Caucasus 227
16 The Fairy Tale in South Asia: The Same Only Different 239
17 Rewriting the Core: Transformations of the Fairy Tale in Contemporary Writing 253
General Index 275
Index of main tales and tale-types 291
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