Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale - Clark Lecture (Paperback)
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Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale - Clark Lecture (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 25/10/1994
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This revised, expanded, and updated edition of the 1979 landmark Breaking the Magic Spell examines the enduring power of fairy tales and the ways they invade our subjective world. In seven provocative essays, Zipes discusses the importance of investigating oral folk tales in their socio-political context and traces their evolution into literary fairy tales, a metamorphosis that often diminished the ideology of the original narrative. Zipes also looks at how folk tales influence our popular beliefs and the ways they have been exploited by a corporate media network intent on regulating the mystical elements of the stories. He examines a range of authors, including the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Ernst Bloch, Tolkien, Bettelheim, and J.K. Rowling to demonstrate the continuing symbiotic relationship between folklore and literature.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813108346
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm


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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


"Should be read by anyone who feels that our postindustrial culture has outgrown the need to express its desires and anxieties in the material of traditional narrative." -- Australian Folklore

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