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

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

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By (author) Maria Tatar

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  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 20mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 24 October 1993
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 0691000883
  • ISBN 13: 9780691000886
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 536,963

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When fairy tales moved from workrooms, taverns, and the fireside into the nursery, they not only lost much of their irreverent, earthy humor but were also deprived of their contestatory stance to official culture. Children's literature, Maria Tatar maintains, has always been more intent on producing docile minds than playful bodies. From its inception, it has openly endorsed a productive discipline that condemns idleness and disobedience along with most forms of social resistance.

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Winner of the 1992 Book Prize in Literature, German Studies Association "As provocative and stimulating as her The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales, this book should give a salutary shock to everyone who brings children and tales together, convincing them that "every interpretation is a rewriting' and encouraging them "to identify what is transmitted in the stories we tell children.'"--Library Journal

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When fairy tales moved from workrooms, taverns, and the fireside into the nursery, they not only lost much of their irreverent, earthy humor but were also deprived of their contestatory stance to official culture. Children's literature, Maria Tatar maintains, has always been more intent on producing docile minds than playful bodies. From its inception, it has openly endorsed a productive discipline that condemns idleness and disobedience along with most forms of social resistance.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations II"Teaching Them a Lesson": The Pedagogy of Fear in Fairy Tales IIIJust Desserts: Reward-and-Punishment Tales IVWilhelm Grimm/Maurice Sendak: Dear Mili and the Art of Dying Happily Ever After VDaughters of Eve: Fairy-Tale Heroines and Their Seven Sins VITyranny at Home: "Catskin" and "Cinderella" VIIBeauties and Beasts: From Blind Obedience to Love at First Sight VIII"As Sweet as Love": Violence and the Fulfillment of Wishes IXTable Matters: Cannibalism and Oral Greed XTelling Differences: Parents vs. Children in "The Juniper Tree" Epilogue: Reinvention through Intervention Notes Select Bibliography Index