Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales

Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales

Paperback Series in Fairy-Tale Studies

Edited by Kate Bernheimer, Foreword by Maria Tatar, Afterword by Jack David Zipes, Contributions by Steve Almond, Contributions by Brian Baldi, Contributions by Christopher Barzak, Contributions by Joshua Beckman, Contributions by Greg Bills, Contributions by Jiri Cech, Contributions by Alex Chee

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  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 15mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Detroit, MI
  • ISBN 10: 0814332676
  • ISBN 13: 9780814332672
  • Sales rank: 493,147

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Despite the availability of several eloquent gender studies of fairy tales, a popular reference on men and fairy tales has so far been nonexistent. "Brothers and Beasts" offers a new perspective by allowing twenty-three male writers the chance to explore their artistic and emotional relationship to their favorite fairy-tale stories. In their personal essays, the contributors - who include genre, literary, mainstream, and visual media writers - offer new insight into men's reception of fairy tales. "Brothers and Beasts", the follow-up to Kate Bernheimer's influential "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales", offers new avenues for research in fairy-tale studies.Bernheimer has invited many well-known writers to contribute to this volume, from Gregory Maguire, whose acclaimed titles include "Wicked", "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister", and "Son of a Witch", to Robert Coover, one of the premier authors of postmodern fiction, to Neil Gaiman, a well-known fantasy fiction writer and author of graphic novels. With a foreword by Maria Tatar and an afterword by Jack Zipes, the intimate and contemplative essays are framed by insight from two leading fairy-tale studies scholars."Brothers and Beasts" proves that men are deeply influenced by the childhood reading of fairy tales, despite the fact that these fantastic and memorable tales are often mistakenly considered to be the domain of women readers and writers. Students and teachers of fairy-tale and gender studies along with readers of contemporary literature will enjoy this accessible and intriguing volume.

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Author information

Kate Bernheimer is an editor, novelist, children's book author, and assistant professor of English for the MFA Program at the University of Alabama. She also edits Fairy Tale Review, a journal that she founded.