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Off with their heads! : fairy tales and the culture of childhood

Author: Maria Tatar
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1993, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Princeton pbk. printView all editions and formats
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Exploring how adults mistreat children, this book focuses on adults not only as hostile characters in fairy tales themselves but also as real people who use frightening stories to discipline young  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Tatar
ISBN: 0691000883 9780691000886
OCLC Number: 35290776
Description: xxviii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Rewritten by adults : the inscription of children's literature --
II. "Teaching them a lesson" : the pedagogy of fear in fairy tales --
III. Just desserts : reward-and-punishment tales --
IV. Wilhelm Grimm / Maurice Sendak : Dear Mili and the art of dying happily ever after --
V. Daughters of Eve : fairy-tale heroines and their seven sins --
VI. Tyranny at home : "Catskin" and "Cinderella" --
VII. Beauties and beasts : from blind obedience to love at first sight --
VIII. "As sweet as love" : violence and the fulfillment of wishes --
IX. Table matters : cannibalism and oral greed --
X. Telling differences : parents vs. children in "The juniper tree" --
Epilogue : reinvention through intervention.
Responsibility: Maria Tatar.

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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 Read more...

 
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