Irresistible Fairy Tale The Cultural and Social History of a Genre

ISBN-10: 0691159556

ISBN-13: 9780691159553

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jack Zipes
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Description: If there is one genre that has captured the imagination of people in all walks of life throughout the world, it is the fairy tale. Yet we still have great difficulty understanding how it originated, evolved, and spread--or why so many people cannot resist its appeal, no matter how it changes or what form it takes. In this book, renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes presents a provocative new theory about why fairy tales were created and retold--and why they became such an indelible and infinitely adaptable part of cultures around the world.Drawing on cognitive science, evolutionary theory, anthropology, psychology, literary theory, and other fields, Zipes presents a nuanced argument about how fairy tales originated in ancient oral cultures, how they evolved through the rise of literary culture and print, and how, in our own time, they continue to change through their adaptation in an ever-growing variety of media. In making his case, Zipes considers a wide range of fascinating examples, including fairy tales told, collected, and written by women in the nineteenth century; Catherine Breillat's film adaptation of Perrault's "Bluebeard"; and contemporary fairy-tale drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photographs that critique canonical print versions.While we may never be able to fully explain fairy tales, The Irresistible Fairy Tale provides a powerful theory of how and why they evolved--and why we still use them to make meaning of our lives.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Cultural Evolution of Storytelling and Fairy Tales: Human Communication and Memetics
The Meaning of Fairy Tale within the Evolution of Culture
Remaking "Bluebeard," or Good-bye to Perrault
Witch as Fairy/Fairy as Witch: Unfathomable Baba Yagas
The Tales of Innocent Persecuted Heroines and Their Neglected Female Storytellers and Collectors
Giuseppe Pitr� and the Great Collectors of Folk Tales in the Nineteenth Century
Fairy-Tale Collisions, or the Explosion of a Genre
Sensationalist Scholarship: A "New" History of Fairy Tales
Reductionist Scholarship: A "New" Definition of the Fairy Tale
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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