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

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University of Texas Press, 1979 - Fiction - 201 pages
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This revised, expanded, and updated edition of the 1979 landmark Breaking the Magic Spell examines the enduring power of fairy tales and the ways they invade our subjective world. In seven provocative essays, Zipes discusses the importance of investigating oral folk tales in their socio-political context and traces their evolution into literary fairy tales, a metamorphosis that often diminished the ideology of the original narrative. Zipes also looks at how folk tales influence our popular beliefs and the ways they have been exploited by a corporate media network intent on regulating the mystical elements of the stories. He examines a range of authors, including the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Ernst Bloch, Tolkien, Bettelheim, and J.K. Rowling to demonstrate the continuing symbiotic relationship between folklore and literature.

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Review: Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales

User Review  - Yalonda Neff - Goodreads

This is a great theoretical book for those who have an interest in fairy/folk tales. Read full review

Review: Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales

User Review  - Brigid Keely - Goodreads

Couldn't get into this. Have liked other work of his, don't know if this is unusually dry or I'm just not in the mood for it. Might try again later. Read full review


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