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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, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Jacob Grimm; Wilhelm Grimm
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Tatar
ISBN: 0691069433 9780691069432 0691000883 9780691000886
OCLC Number: 24106901
Description: xxviii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 25 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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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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