Fairy Tales: A New History Hardcover – 19 Mar 2009
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Bottingheimer s work is as always provocative and interesting. Journal of American Folklore
The genius of this slender volume is not so much that it provides a totally new history, but rather that it presents not only Bottigheimer s research but also that of John Ellis, Heinz Rolleke, Nancy Canepa, and many others in cogent, persuasive, eminently readable prose A fascinating study in intertextuality, this book includes a helpful list of the 77 tales discussed, categorized by the author. CHOICE
Some scholars say that, whether or not one agrees with all of Bottigheimer s conclusions, her work is a useful questioning of popularly held beliefs. Chronicle Review
This book will forever change the way that scholars and readers view a genre the literary fairy tale that remains vital today. Suzanne Magnanini, author of Fairy-Tale Science: Monstrous Generation in the Tales of Straparola and Basile"
"Bottingheimer's work is as always provocative and interesting." -- Journal of American Folklore
About the Author
Ruth B. Bottigheimer teaches European fairy tales and British children's literature at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. She is the coeditor (with Leela Prasad and Lalita Handoo) of Gender and Story in South India, also published by SUNY Press, and the author of several books, including Fairy Godfather: Straparola, Venice, and the Fairy Tale Tradition.
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I am a layman who has enjoyed the tales in many forms since childhood, many decades ago, and now enjoy the writings of the experts, - the Opies, Bettelheim, Tatar, Zipes, and now Bottigheimer on the question of origins and meanings and find them all interesting.
Should other readers share this sense of wonder I entreat you to purchase this book, read it, and leave yourself open to further discovery. It does no harm whatsoever to the tales themselves and only proves how creative mankind is and how flexible and magical these tales really are.
The author is careful to point out that there were authentic sources of tradition folklore such as Dorothea Viehmann, while stressing the importance of separating authentic folklore stories from fairy tales which were a popular, literary invention of the Italian Renaissance.
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