Off with Their Heads!: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood / Edition 1

Off with Their Heads!: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood / Edition 1

by Maria Tatar
ISBN-10:
0691000883
ISBN-13:
9780691000886
Pub. Date:
10/04/1993
Publisher:
Princeton University Press

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Off with Their Heads!: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood / Edition 1

When Hansel and Gretel try to eat the witch's gingerbread house in the woods, are they indulging their "uncontrolled cravings" and "destructive desires" or are they simply responding normally to the hunger pangs they feel after being abandoned by their parents? Challenging Bruno Bettelheim and other critics who read fairy tales as enactments of children's untamed urges, Maria Tatar argues that it is time to stop casting the children as villians. In this provocative book she explores how adults mistreat children, focusing on adults not only as hostile characters in fairy tales themselves but also as real people who use frightening stories to discipline young listeners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691000886
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/04/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

I Rewritten by Adults: The Inscription of Children's Literature 3

II "Teaching Them a Lesson": The Pedagogy of Fear in Fairy Tales 22

III Just Desserts: Reward-and-Punishment Tales 51

IV Wilhelm Grimm/Maurice Sendak: Dear Mili and the Art of Dying Happily Ever After 70

V Daughters of Eve: Fairy-Tale Heroines and Their Seven Sins 94

VI Tyranny at Home: "Catskin" and "Cinderella" 120

VII Beauties and Beasts: From Blind Obedience to Love at First Sight 140

VIII "As Sweet as Love": Violence and the Fulfillment of Wishes 163

IX Table Matters: Cannibalism and Oral Greed 190

X Telling Differences: Parents vs. Children in "The Juniper Tree" 212

Epilogue: Reinvention through Intervention 229

Notes 239

Select Bibliography 273

Index 289

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