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This text explores, in both historical and critical contexts, the evolution of folk tales and fairy tales, their influence on popular beliefs, the politics behind them and their incorporation in mass media culture today. It focuses particularly on socio-historical forces which have changed the function of fairy tales since the 1700s.
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Jack Zipes, professor of German and director of the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota, is the author of many books on folk and fairy tales, including Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale. He lives in Minneapolis.Review:
"A stimulating contribution to the critical literature of folk and fairy tales."―Children's Literature Association Quarterly
"The name Jack Zipes is synonymous with highly regarded and widely read anthologies and critiques of fairy tales."―Choice
"All libraries should acquire this new edition of one of the most influential texts in the field."―Choice
"Fairy Tales are a highly fashionable study today for literary scholars as well as folklorists, and another new book shows what a range of interest can be evoked by them. This time in Jack Zipes' interesting and vigorous study."―Encounter
"Zipes reveals the extraordinary breadth of his acquaintance with both recent and classic literature in the field of folk and fairytale research."―Fabula
"Zipes manages the impressive trick of communicating both detail and overview without simplifying either. . . the serious folklorist should should defnitely have this on his bookshelf."―Fortean Times
"Zipes ably demonstrates that moral, political, religious, and other ideologies have shaped these apparently innocent narratives."―Lore and Language
"This problematic, provocative study will undoubtedly provide stimulating reading for many audiences."―Romantic Movement
"Zipes has written a stimulating and important contribution to the sociology of popular literature."―Sociological Review
"Places traditional tales in their socio-political, economic and cultural contexts."―Teacher Librarian
"Folklorists, educators and historians will particularly find this resource to be valuable. But educators and parents will also find Zipes's ideas intriguing."―Elizabeth Herron, Folks and Fairies in Action (resourcecenterblog.wordpress.com)
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