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  - Amy Rae - Goodreads

Man, I am not on top of my review-writing this month. All right, let's get down to brass tacks. Jack Zipes has written an important book on folk stories and fairy tales. For me personally, it was hard ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Anna Smithberger - Goodreads

Zipes makes a lot of interesting and useful points but so much of this is boring. He spends most of his time saying every other scholar of fairy tales is wrong because their perspective isn't ... Read full review


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