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 Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales. Front Cover. Jack Zipes. In the seven essays in Breaking the Magic Spell, Zipes discusses historically and critically the evolution of folk tales as fairy tales, their Jack David Zipes. Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales The name Jack Zipes is synonymous with highly regarded and widely read anthologies.

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According to Zipes, fairy tales “serve a meaningful magid function, not just for compensation but for revelation: Annie Dalton rated it it was amazing Jun 19, And that’s always going to be kind of disappointing in a book, even if it’s a good experience to have.

Yet they can also be used to mesmerize us, to teach us only the things that the authorities want us to believe.

jaack Aug 24, Jennifer rated it it was ok Shelves: Selected pages Title Page. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. However, no conspiracy is actually necessary.

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This book actually allowed university reading to become exciting! My library Help Advanced Book Search. There are places where he doesn’t even bother to translate the names of articles and books he talks about, which is more frustrating and pretentious than anything.

So that when the child of middle class parents hears a story like Little Red Riding Hood they might well hear it as there is always a protective father figure to get you out of trouble when things go wrong, but you have to try new things anyway, while working class kids might hear it as a tale about what happens if you do not submit to the control implied in sticking to the correct and narrow path — and these readings depend not on changes in the words the children hear, but in their life experiences of familial control structures.

And that everything is also better all round when it is all left in its proper sphere. Others here know rather more about the various aspects than I do, so I’ll leave detailed comment to them.

Folk tales were never really intended for a young audience.

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Aug 06, Yalonda Neff added it. If you love super dense, highly intellecutal books about the inner-workings and impact of fairy tales, then this book is for zpes Stories like Beauty and the Beast — where a merchant falls on hard times and agrees to send his daughter to a castle where a beast lives, but who turns out to be not nearly so bad, is here interpreted as the aristocracy showing that although they may look like beasts from a distance, everything is much better on closer inspection.


Contents An Introduction to. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He has published and lectured extensively on the subject of fairy tales, their linguistic roots, and argued that they have a “socialization function”. Tolkien literary spwll tale literature 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 repression revolution revolutionary romantic fairy tale romanticism 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.

Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales

Okay, so what does a Marxist critique of fairy tales look like? Common terms and phrases aesthetic Alexander Kluge artistic audiences autodynamics become behaviour Bettelheim Bilbo bourgeois bourgeoisie Brentano capitalism capitalist child Children’s Literature Cinderella common configuration consciousness creative critical critique culture industry dominant dreams dwarfs E.

Overall I would highly recommend reading this, especially alongside other fairy tale texts by Maria Tatar, Ruth Bottigheimer, Marina Warner, etc. Science Logic and Mathematics. Other editions – View all Breaking the Magic Spell: An interesting socialist perspective on the purpose jackk folk and fairy tales.

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This revised, expanded, and updated edition of the landmark Breaking the Magic Spell examines the enduring power of fairy tales and the ways they invade our subjective world. Breaking the Magic Spell: We were pointed to Zipes essay on Bettelheim which is the last chapter of this book.

In seven provocative essays, Zipes discusses the importance of investigating breakin folk tales in their socio-political context Continental Philosophy Poststructuralism in Continental Philosophy categorize this paper.

Zipes looks at how a wide range of authors, including the Brothers Grimm, Perrault, the German romantics, Hans Christian Andersen, Wilde, and Tolkien, used fairy tales as he assesses their enduring importance.

We think we know something about them. One of the hard things about this book–for me, at least–was the fact that so much of it relied on sources and academic conversations happening in languages I don’t speak at a graduate-school level. Zipes discusses them, the points of view from which they separately begin and what they have contributed to the study of this phenomenon of Fairy Tale. He lives in Greenbelt, Maryland.


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It took me a long time to get through this for some reason, but the final chapters are very good. There is a really braeking discussion on Harry Potter as an anti-feminist text reasserting masculine power structures that it is just for the best that my youngest daughter does not read – not a good time for her love of Harry to come into direct conflict with her blossoming feminism, it could get ugly. Published July 5th by University Press of Kentucky first published Rowling to demonstrate the continuing symbiotic relationship between folklore and literature.

This article has no associated abstract. Their own spel, ideology and aesthetics are rarely seen in the light of a diachronic historical development which has great bearing on our cultural self-understanding. The Revolutionary Rise of the Romantic. Dana rated it liked it Jan 05, Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales. However, the ongoing development of the printing press and the need for amusements, particularly by the Bourgeois, saw a growth in both novels and the transition of folk tales into fairy tales.

Poststructuralism in Continental Philosophy. He uack most of his time saying every other scholar of fairy tales is wrong because their perspective isn’t historically-based German Jaack enough, and I just really did not care for that. Account Options Sign in. Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales. Account Options Sign in. Zipes gives us the history of these stories which probably arose in the Ice Age, when mankind painted on cave walls and the ‘shaman’ of the clans would try to make sense of their harsh world, their relationship to the animals that meant either life or death to them.

BUT… Bernstein was able to show that children approach language differently according to the social location they are being groomed to fulfil. Hoffmann eighteenth century elements Enlightenment Ernst Bloch essay fairy-tale fantasy feudal film folk-tale folklore folktale forces Frankfurt Frankfurt School Freudian German Grimm hero historical Hobbit Hoffmann human ibid ziped images imagination individual instrumental J.