ISBN-10:
0691153388
ISBN-13:
9780691153384
Pub. Date:
04/08/2012
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
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

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ISBN-13: 9780691153384
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/08/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,222,529
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jack Zipes is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota and the author, translator, and editor of dozens of studies and collections of folk and fairy tales. His recent books include "Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre, Relentless Progress: The Reconfiguration of Children's Literature, Fairy Tales, and Storytelling", and "The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films".

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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