Relentless Progress: The Reconfiguration of Children's Literature, Fairy Tales, and Storytelling by Jack Zipes, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Relentless Progress: The Reconfiguration of Children's Literature, Fairy Tales, and Storytelling

Relentless Progress: The Reconfiguration of Children's Literature, Fairy Tales, and Storytelling

by Jack Zipes
     
 

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Can fairy tales subvert consumerism? Can fantasy and children's literature counter the homogenizing influence of globalization? Can storytellers retain their authenticity in the age of consumerism? These are some of the critical questions raised by Jack Zipes, the celebrated scholar of fairy tales and children's literature. In this book, Zipes argues that, despite a

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Can fairy tales subvert consumerism? Can fantasy and children's literature counter the homogenizing influence of globalization? Can storytellers retain their authenticity in the age of consumerism? These are some of the critical questions raised by Jack Zipes, the celebrated scholar of fairy tales and children's literature. In this book, Zipes argues that, despite a dangerous reconfiguration of children as consumers in the civilizing process, children's literature, fairy tales, and storytelling possess a uniquely powerful (even fantastic) capacity to resist the "relentless progress" of negative trends in culture. He also argues that these tales and stories may lose their power if they are too diluted by commercialism and merchandising.

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ISBN-13:
9780415990646
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/26/2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Jack Zipes is Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. An acclaimed translator and scholar of children's literature and culture, his most recent books include The Collected Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales of Giuseppe Pitré, Why Fairy Tales Stick, Hans Christian Andersen: The Misunderstood Storyteller, Beautiful Angiola, and The Robber with the Witch's Head, all published by Routledge.

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