Breaking the magic spell: radical theories of folk and fairy tales
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
An Introduction to
Might Makes Right The Politics of Folk
The Revolutionary Rise of the Romantic
5 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
aesthetic Alexander Kluge artistic audiences autodynamics become behaviour Bettelheim Bilbo Bloch bourgeois bourgeoisie capitalism capitalist child children's literature Cinderella common consciousness creative critical critique culture industry dominant dreams dwarfs eighteenth century elements Enlightenment Ernst Bloch essay fairy-tale fantasy feudal film folk-tale folklore forces Frankfurt School Freudian German Grimm Grimm Brothers Hansel and Gretel hero historical Hobbit human ideology images imagination individual instrumental interests J. R. R. Tolkien literary fairy tale literature lives magic Marchen mass media mass-mediated culture meaning motifs narrative nature needs Negt Nitschke notions Novalis novel original Oskar Negt perspective political potential prince production protagonist radical rational reality realize realm reflects relations repression revolution revolutionary romantic fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin Schlemihl sense significant Snow White social order society story straw into gold structure studies symbols theory Tieck tion Tolkien tradition transformed utopian Wackenroder writers