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Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales

An Intertextual Dialogue between Fairy-Tale Scholarship and Postmodern Retellings

Vanessa Joosen

Publication Year: 2011

The first systematic approach to the parallels between fairy-tale retellings and fairy-tale theory.

Published by: Wayne State University Press

Cover, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-

In the course of completing this work I was fortunate, to use Vladimir Propp’s terminology, to meet with more helpers than adversaries. My research was funded with an FWO scholarship, and I am grateful for their belief in my research project...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

Fairy-tale criticism has drawn elaborately on organic metaphors to describe the state of the fairy tale. After the genre was proclaimed dead in Germany after the Second World War, the fairy tale soon rose to life again, as fit as Red...

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1. An Intertextual Approach to Fairy-Tale Criticism and Fairy-Tale Retellings

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pp. 9-48

As fairy tales have been rewritten at a high frequency in the past four decades, the scholarship on fairy-tale retellings has also expanded. The discussion of contemporary adaptations of fairy tales has led to a mass, or even a mess, of terms...

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2. Marcia K. Lieberman’s “Some Day My Prince Will Come”

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pp. 49-121

Marcia Lieberman’s “Some Day My Prince Will Come: Female Acculturation through the Fairy Tale” (1972) was one of the first feminist studies in the American fairy- tale renaissance of the 1970s. Published as a reaction to...

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3. Bruno Bettelheim’s The Uses of Enchantment

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pp. 123-214

Bruno Bettelheim’s international bestseller The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales (1976) was without a doubt the most prominent psychoanalytic study of fairy tales of the 1970s. Not only did it dominate the academic...

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4. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s The Madwoman in the Attic

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pp. 215-297

The impact of Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s The Madwoman in the Attic (1979) on feminist literary criticism is undisputed as is the importance of their discussion of “Snow White” for fairy- tale studies.1 The analysis of the tale...

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Conclusion

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pp. 299-306

In the introduction to this book, I referred to Jack Zipes’s description of the evolution of the fairy tale in terms of Darwinist and epidemiologic analogies. Indeed, on the basis of the primary texts that have been presented and analyzed, the flexibility...

Notes

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pp. 307-323

Works Cited

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pp. 325-347

Index

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pp. 349-360

Illustration Credits

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pp. 361-362


E-ISBN-13: 9780814336465
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814334522

Page Count: 376
Illustrations: 25
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: 1
Volume Title: N/a
Series Title: Series in Fairy-Tale Studies

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Subject Headings

  • Fairy tales -- History and criticism.
  • Fairy tales in literature.
  • Intertextuality.
  • Fairy tales -- Adaptations -- History and criticism.
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