The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre

The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre

by Jack Zipes
     
 

"This is Zipes's magnum opus, the culmination of more than thirty years of research, and his broadest consideration yet of the fairy tale. He tackles very difficult fundamental questions, and provides credible theoretical foundations and historical evidence for the answers he proposes. Ultimately, he redirects the conversation about the origins, nature, and appeal

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"This is Zipes's magnum opus, the culmination of more than thirty years of research, and his broadest consideration yet of the fairy tale. He tackles very difficult fundamental questions, and provides credible theoretical foundations and historical evidence for the answers he proposes. Ultimately, he redirects the conversation about the origins, nature, and appeal of the fairy tale."--Donald Haase, editor of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies

"Liberating, stringent, and new, this book demonstrates Zipes's unique and important affection for fairy tales while opening new lines of thinking about them. The Irresistible Fairy Tale--like fairy tales themselves--will appeal to both scholars and general readers. Its enlightening tone is irresistibly good."--Kate Bernheimer, author of Horse, Flower, Bird: Stories and editor of Fairy Tale Review

"This is an important examination of the elusive quality of the fairy tale. Everywhere in evidence is Zipes's mastery of the subject, his capacity to engage with its folkloric, literary, social, and cultural aspects, and his ability to communicate with general readers as well as specialists."--Graham Anderson, University of Kent

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691153384
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/08/2012
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
846,131
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

Chapter 1: The Cultural Evolution of Storytelling and Fairy Tales: Human Communication and Memetics 1

Chapter 2: The Meaning of Fairy Tale within the Evolution of Culture 21

Chapter 3: Remaking "Bluebeard," or Good-bye to Perrault 41

Chapter 4: Witch as Fairy/Fairy as Witch: Unfathomable Baba Yagas 55

Chapter 5: The Tales of Innocent Persecuted Heroines and Their Neglected Female Storytellers and Collectors 80

Chapter 6: Giuseppe Pitr? and the Great Collectors of Folk Tales in the Nineteenth Century 109

Chapter 7: Fairy-Tale Collisions, or the Explosion of a Genre 135

Appendix A: Sensationalist Scholarship: A "New" History of Fairy Tales 157

Appendix B: Reductionist Scholarship: A "New" Definition of the Fairy Tale 175

Notes 191

Bibliography 209

Index 227

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