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From its ancient roots in the oral tradition to the postmodernist reworkings of the present day, the fairy tale has retained its powerful hold over the cultural imagination of Europe and North America.

From its ancient roots in the oral tradition to the postmodernist reworkings of the present day, the fairy tale has retained its powerful hold over the cultural imagination of Europe and North America. Now The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales provides the first authoritative reference source for this complex, captivating genre

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Jack Zipes is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota.

His many books on fairy tales and associated subjects include Breaking the Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales (1979), Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion (1983), Victorian Fairy Tales (1987), The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (1987), The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World (1988), Beauties, Beasts, and Enchantment: Classic French Fairy Tales (1989), Spells of Enchantment: The Fairy Tales of Western Culture (1991), and The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hess (1995). Jack zipes ( j z ), Contributors.

Where do fairy tales come from? Why do we find them so enchanting? .

Where do fairy tales come from? Why do we find them so enchanting? What is it about them that is so magical? From its origins in the oral tradition to the modern methods of storytelling through film and television, the fairy tale has always had a powerful grip over the cultural imagination ofthe Western world.

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This Companion is the first authoritative reference source for the complex and captivating genre of the fairy tale.

Jack David Zipes (born 1937) is an American academic and folklorist who has published and lectured on the subject of fairy tales, their evolution, and their social and political role in civilizing processes. According to Zipes, fairy tales "serve a meaningful social function, not just for compensation but for revelation: the worlds projected by the best of our fairy tales reveal the gaps between truth and falsehood in our immediate society

Jack Zipes is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota.

From its ancient roots in the oral tradition to the postmodernist reworkings of the present day, the fairy tale has retained its powerful hold over the cultural imagination of Europe and North America. Now The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales provides the first authoritative reference source for this complex, captivating genre. With more than 800 entries written by a team of 67 specialists from around the world, the Companion offers an illuminating look at the classic tales themselves, both ancient and modern, from Jack and Jill and Cinderella to Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz. The contributors also profile the writers who wrote or reworked these luminous tales, as well as the illustrators, film-makers, choreographers, and composers who have been involved with creating or interpreting them. The Companion also covers such related topics as film, art, opera, ballet, music, even advertising. An introductory overview by Jack Zipes sets the subject in its historical and literary context, and special survey articles explore the development of the fairy-tale tradition in individual countries, focusing particularly on the European and North American traditions. The volume includes a detailed bibliography, to aid in further research into this fascinating topic. Strikingly illustrated with 70 beautiful pictures, from early engravings to 20th-century film stills, this is an essential companion for everyone who loves fairy tales and storytelling.

Comments: (7)

digytal soul
I hestitated for quite a while before buying this book as it was a bit more expensive than my usual purchases. But i am delighted that I did make the decision. I am relatively new to the adult world of fairy tales - i absolutely devoured them as a child but didn't realise there was a whole grown up dimension to them until recently. So, I had worked out that Jack Zipes is definitely the man when it comes to taking a more learned approach. And this book really has it all. I am not going to be able to do justice to the detail of book as so many wonderfully thorough reviewers do (my thanks wholeheartedly to those people - they make Amazon) but if you want everything - summaries of the stories themselves, history, information about the authors, etc - then this is the book for you. I would say it is a reasonably scholarly approach, so dont think it is the readers digest version of the world of fairy tales, but at the same time it is not difficult reading and is a joy to dip into - something new every time. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone with an interest in fairy tales that runs deeper than just enjoyment of the tales themselves.
Bodwyn
LOVE this book. Checked it out from library a couple yrs ago. So excited to find it in perfect condition for reasonable price. IF you like fairy tales, THIS is THE book to read about the history, development, authors, artists, characters in very easy to understand, detailed and just perfect. Love it!
Lanin
What a bargain--this is a good reliable dealer.
Gavidor
Got two of these as gifts for people I know who love fairy tales - a very informative reference or the kind of book you'd enjoy flipping through maybe even if you aren't a fairy tale afficionado yourself.
Rarranere
What is the difference between a fairy tale and fantasy literature? How do European fairy tales differ by country? How did the tale of the "Little Mermaid" change over time? With very little fuss, you can answer your questions about fairy tales, their authors, and their development simply by thumbing to the alphabetical entry. Look up "Fantasy," or "Germany," or "Andersen, Hans Christian," or "Little Mermaid," and you will find an authoritative entry that summarizes the topic; and each entry includes a short bibliography at the end.
WtePSeLNaGAyko
This is an excellent first edition of a resource book which has carefully limited its scope "Western", "literary" "fairy tale". Imagine my amusement, however, that I picked up at the same time as this volume The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse tranlated by Jack Zipes - and there is no entry for Hesse in the Companion.
This volume is especially strong. however, in that it recognizes the contributions of composers, artists and film directors and their work to the fairy tale tradition. The entries are fascinating and do not require any expertise in the field. Items are indexed in a manner that it is easy to find what you are looking for - "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is under "Snow White" - that may seem self-evident but with the number of varients of fairy tales that is not always so simple.
There are longer articles on the various regions and the general flavor and history of fairy tales in the region. These provide a broad overview that is most useful.
Opening at random to give a flavor of the entries: Charles Kingsley for his The Water-Babies; Rudyard Kipling for Puck of Pook's Hill and Rewards and Fairies; Sarah Kirsch for her retelling of Grimm tales in prose and poetry; Kismet the musical; Edward Knatchbull-Hugessen author of 15 children's books; Janusz Korczah for a recent utopian fairy-tale novel.
This book is a significant contribution. I should hope for a second edition to close some of the holes. [Of course, I'd like a similar volume for the rest of the world AND a volume for animal fables ...]
Lemana
This delightful, informative book will give great enjoyment to anyone who loves fairy tales. You'll find an in-depth entry on just about any fairy tale, old or new, you can think of. Among the profiles of authors, I was pleased to find excellent write-ups on three of my favorites, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Diana Wynne Jones. Other writers from the past covered here include E. Nesbit, Hans Christian Andersen, Oscar Wilde, A.A. Milne, George MacDonald, Beatrix Potter and L. Frank Baum; others from the present include Robin McKinley, Lloyd Alexander, Vivian Vande Velde, Terry Pratchett, Astrid Lindgren and Patricia C. Wrede.
There are also entries on composers, opera, operetta, ballet, illustrators, film, television and science fiction. Generously scattered throughout are full-page (and smaller) illustrations by artists such as Gustav Dore, Kay Nielsen, Walter Crane, W.W. Denslow and Arthur Rackham. And special sections trace in detail the development of fairy tales in various countries.
This well-written, well-edited guide is a must for anyone with an interest in fairy tales.
While some things are missing, this companion gives a lot of information in a form that is not overwhelming. It is a good companion to the volume by Humphrey Carpenter and Mari Prichard on Children's LIterature.
The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Jack Zipes
ISBN: 0198605099
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 25, 2003)
Pages: 640 pages