Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales Paperback – Jul 1 2002
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"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)"
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".
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Unfortunately, the author is a professor of German, and uses a lot of German terms without necessarily translating them, which got confusing for this non-German speaking reader.
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