Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales

Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales


By (author) Jack David Zipes

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  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 211mm x 20mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 31 August 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Lexington
  • ISBN 10: 0813190304
  • ISBN 13: 9780813190303
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 195,095

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Folk and fairy tales pervade the everyday world to such a degree that we are sometimes unaware of their enormous influence on our behaviour. In the seven essays in this collection, Zipes discusses historically and critically the evolution of folk tales as fairy tales, their influence on popular beliefs, the politics behind them and the way they are used in mass media culture today. He looks at how a wide range of authors, including the Brothers Grimm, Perrault, the German romantics, Hans Christian Andersen, Wilde and Tolkien used fairy tales as he assesses their enduring importance.

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Author information

Jack Zipes, professor of German and director of the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota, is the author of many books on folk and fairy tales, including Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale. He lives in Minneapolis.

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"The name Jack Zipes is synonymous with highly regarded and widely read anthologies and critiques of fairy tales." - Choice