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Breaking the magic spell : radical theories of folk and fairy tales

Author: Jack Zipes
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : English : Rev. and expanded edView all editions and formats
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Here, 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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Zipes, Jack, 1937-
Breaking the magic spell.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, 2002
(OCoLC)606826863
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Zipes
ISBN: 0813190304 9780813190303
OCLC Number: 48517643
Description: xxv, 278 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introductory fairy tales --
Once there was a time : an introduction to the history and ideology of folk and fairy tales --
Might makes right : the politics of folk and fairy tales --
The revolutionary rise of the romantic fairy tale in Germany --
The instrumentalization of fantasy : fairy tales, the culture industry and mass media --
The utopian function of fairy tales and fantasy : Ernst Bloch the Marxist and J.R.R. Tolkien the Catholic --
On the use and abuse of folk and fairy tales with children : Bruno Bettelheim's moralistic magic wand --
The radical morality of rats, fairies, wizards and ogres : taking children's literature seriously.
Responsibility: Jack Zipes.

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

 
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Critical and political

by Fenduvial (WorldCat user published 2008-08-03) Excellent Permalink

Breaking the Magic Spell is a collection of essays examining the folk and fairy tale.  Zipes argues that these stories must be read in the political and economic contexts of the times when they were told or written down.  The transition from folk to fairy tales in the 16th-18th...
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