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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (30 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813108349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813108346
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"For many readers the fascination of these essays will lie... in the revelatory detail of his close comparative textual readings." -- "Times Literary Supplement"

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In his endeavor to establish the origins of the fairy tale for children, Peter Brooks stated that "when at the end of the seventeenth century Perrault writes down and publishes tales which had been told for indeterminate centuries- and would continue to be told, and would be collected in varying versions by the Grimm Brothers and other modern folklorists-he seems to be performing for children;s literature what must have been effected for literature long before: that is, he is creating a literature where before there had been myth and folklore. Read the first page
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I bought this book as part of research for my MA in Comparative Literature. I love the way Jack Zipes writes and I love the content he peruses here. If you have any interest in fairy tales and their history this book will not disappoint.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Excellent. 27 Oct. 2000
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Zipes' qualifications for writing about this subject are impeccable, and his years of teaching show easily here. Chapters include stuff about traditional fairy tales, sure, but also writeups on Disney animation (hint: he's not real thrilled at some ways Disney has "tidied up" fairy tales). You'll never watch "The Little Mermaid" in quite the same way again.
This is more of a philosophical treatment than anything else. There isn't extensive hard history here; they're writeups of lectures, not papers, though sources are cited. Consider these ruminations on fairy tales and their relevance to modern culture -- how they are treated, how they are disseminated, how they've changed in the past couple hundred years. The book isn't very long, but it has a lot of good observations in it.
I found it invaluable for its insights; Zipes has found a sincere admirer in me. If you are interested in fairy tales in modern culture, this is definitely somewhere you might enjoy playing.
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a smart look at fairy tales 30 Sept. 2011
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This is a collection of essays, rather than a full-length study. I found all the essays to be interesting and insightful. And fun. If you are interested in the stories behind the stories, these essays could be a good starting place--after which you will want to read more of Zipes' work.
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Wonderful Introduction To the Critics P.O.C Of Fairy Tales 5 April 2004
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Jack Zipes is perhaps the most renowned critic in writing about Fairy Tales. I love his style because he doesn't really show what he really thinks about them butt how the Fairy Ta;es have been shaped through out the centuries.
Some how or another he is able to find excellent resources and drawings for the book. I highly believe it is for any one who is interested in starting to study, the true origins of Fairy Tales.
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