Fairy Tales and Society: Illusion, Allusion, and Paradigm

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Ruth B. Bottigheimer
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989 - Literary Criticism - 336 pages

This collection of exemplary essays by internationally recognized scholars examines the fairy tale from historical, folkloristic, literary, and psychoanalytical points of view. For generations of children and adults, fairy tales have encapsulated social values, often through the use of fixed characters and situations, to a far greater extent than any other oral or literary form. In many societies, fairy tales function as a paradigm both for understanding society and for developing individual behavior and personality.

A few of the topics covered in this volume: oral narration in contemporary society; madness and cure in the 1001 Nights; the female voice in folklore and fairy tale; change in narrative form; tests, tasks, and trials in the Grimms' fairy tales; and folklorists as agents of nationalism. The subject of methodology is discussed by Torborg Lundell, Stven Swann Jones, Hans-Jorg Uther, and Anna Tavis.

 

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Contents

Fairy Tale aa Oral Phenomena
15
Fairy Taled in Society
35
The Female Voice in Folklore and Fairy
53
Change in
75
The Fit Between
115
Auturian Legend
133
PART
145
The Structure of Snow White
165
Fairy Taled from a Semiotic Perspective
195
Fairy Taled and Pychotherapy
203
The Criminological Significance of the Grimma Fairy
217
Feminist Approached to the Interpretation of Fairy
229
AMarxiata and the Illumination of Folk and Fairy
239
Fairy Taled from a Folkloriatic Perpective
259
The Utterly Heavian Fairy Taled by Old Marie
287
Contributor
301

The Encyclopedia of the Folktale
187

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About the author (1989)

Ruth B. Bottigheimer teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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