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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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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Preface to 2002 Edition
  2. pp. 10ix-x
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  1. Preface to 1979 Edition
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiv
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  1. Introductory Fairy Tales
  2. pp. xv-xxv
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  1. Chapter 1: Once There Was a Time: An Introduction to the History and Ideology of Folk and Fairy Tales
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter 2: Might Makes Right—The Politics of Folk and Fairy Tales
  2. pp. 23-46
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  1. Chapter 3: The Revolutionary Rise of the Romantic Fairy Tale in Germany
  2. pp. 47-103
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  1. Chapter 4: The Instrumentalization of Fantasy: Fairy Tales, the Culture Industry and Mass media
  2. pp. 104-145
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  1. Chapter 5: The Utopian Function of Fairy Tales and Fantasy: Ernst Bloch the Marxist and J.R.R. Tolkien the Catholic
  2. pp. 146-178
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  1. Chapter 6: On the Use and Abuse of Folk and Fairy Tales with Children: Bruno Bettelheim's Moralistic Magic Wand
  2. pp. 179-205
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  1. Chapter 7: The Radical Morality of Rats, Fairies, Wizards and Ogres: Taking Children's Literature Seriously
  2. pp. 206-231
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 233-251
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 253-269
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-278
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