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

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Overview

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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"Should be read by anyone who feels that our postindustrial culture has outgrown the need to express its desires and anxieties in the material of traditional narrative." — Australian Folklore

"For many readers the fascination of these essays will lie... in the revelatory detail of his close comparative textual readings." — Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813108346
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Series: Clark Lectures
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 361,054
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Origins of the Fairy Tale 17
2 Rumpelstiltskin and the Decline of Female Productivity 49
3 Breaking the Disney Spell 72
4 Spreading Myths about Iron John 96
5 Oz as American Myth 119
6 The Contemporary American Fairy Tale 139
Notes 162
Bibliography 175
Index 186
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