Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood

ISBN-10: 0691000883
ISBN-13: 9780691000886
Edition: 1992
Authors: Maria M. Tatar
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/24/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

When Hansel and Gretel try to eat thw 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.

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Rewritten by Adults: The Inscription of Children's Literature
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Epilogue: Reinvention through Intervention
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