Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale / Edition 1

Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale / Edition 1

by Jack Zipes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813108349

ISBN-13: 9780813108346

Pub. Date: 08/28/2011

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Explores the historical rise of the literary fairy tale as genre in the late seventeenth century. In his examinations of key classical fairy tales, Zipes traces their unique metamorphoses in history with stunning discoveries that reveal their ideological relationship to domination and oppression. Tales such as Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,

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Explores the historical rise of the literary fairy tale as genre in the late seventeenth century. In his examinations of key classical fairy tales, Zipes traces their unique metamorphoses in history with stunning discoveries that reveal their ideological relationship to domination and oppression. Tales such as Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Rumplestiltskin have become part of our everyday culture and shapers of our identities. In this lively work, Jack Zipes explores the historical rise of the literary fairy tale as genre in the late seventeenth century and examines the ideological relationship of classic fairy tales to domination and oppression in Western society. The fairy tale received its most "mythic" articulation in America. Consequently, Zipes sees Walt Disney's Snow White as an expression of American male individualism, film and literary interpretations of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz as critiques of American myths, and Robert Bly's Iron John as a misunderstanding of folklore and traditional fairy tales. This book will change forever the way we look at the fairy tales of our youth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813108346
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
08/28/2011
Series:
Clark Lectures
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
759,394
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Origins of the Fairy Tale17
2Rumpelstiltskin and the Decline of Female Productivity49
3Breaking the Disney Spell72
4Spreading Myths about Iron John96
5Oz as American Myth119
6The Contemporary American Fairy Tale139
Notes162
Bibliography175
Index186

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