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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.
From the Back Cover: When fairy tales moved from workrooms, taverns, and the fireside into the nursery, they not only lost much of their irreverent, earthy humor but were also deprived of their contestatory stance to official culture. Children's literature, Maria Tatar maintains, has always been more intent on producing docile minds than playful bodies. From its inception, it has openly endorsed a productive discipline that condemns idleness and disobedience along with most forms of social resistance.
Title: Off with Their Heads!: Fairy Tales and the ...
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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Book Description Princeton University Press, U.S.A., 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Light wear to boards. Dustjacket has been covered in Brodart and is in very good condition. Bottom corner of boards and text block bumped. Light foxing to top edge. Binding tight and text clean. Bookseller Inventory # 5002431
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Book Description Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1992. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good ++. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good ++. First Edition. Hardcover with dust jacket, xxviii + 295 pages including 30 [black-and-white] illustrations; dust speckling to top edge, other light shelf wear to covers, otherwise appears to have been filed and forgotten, unread. Bookseller Inventory # 035514
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Book Description Princeton University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-156-33-1033601