In his latest book, fairy tales expert Jack Zipes takes on the question of why some fairy tales "work" and others don't, why the fairy tale is uniquely capable of getting under the skin of culture and staying there. Why, in other words, fairy tales "stick. Why Fairy Tales Stick introduces new critical approaches to the study of classical fairy tales such as "Cinderella," "Snow White, "Beauty and the Beast," and "Hansel and Gretel" in an effort to understand how and why fairy tales have evolved over the last three hundred years and remained so relevant in our lives. Why culture has favored certain fairy tales may not be simply a question of ideology - tales reinforcing a societal status quo - but also deeply related to issues of genetics, memetics, linguistics, and evolution. Just as we as a species have evolved, Zipes argues, so has the oral folk tale been transformed as literary fairy tale to assist us in surviving and adapting to our environment. The Relevance of Fairy Tales.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In his latest book, fairy tales expert Jack Zipes explores the question of why some fairy tales "work" and others don't, why the fairy tale is uniquely capable of getting under the skin of culture and staying there.
Why, in other words, fairy tales "stick. Why Fairy Tales Stick contains two chapters on the history and theory of the genre, followed by case studies of famous tales including Cinderella, Snow White, and Bluebeard , followed by a summary chapter on the problematic nature of traditional storytelling in the twenty-first century.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 1st by Routledge first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Katharine Briggs Folklore Award Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Why Fairy Tales Stick , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Why Fairy Tales Stick.
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 11, Anarda rated it really liked it Recommends it for: anyone interested in fairy tales. Recommended to Anarda by: Zipes was recommended by an instructor. Interesting theory using Richard Dawkins' "memes" to explain the 'stickiness' of fairy tales, but the book goes far beyond this in revealing more interesting depths to Zipes' ongoing discussion about fairy tales.
Zipes keeps chipping away at the importance of these traditional tales, but never falls into the trap of a Freudian, Jungian, post-structuralist,etc. View 1 comment. Apr 29, Katherine Sas rated it it was ok Shelves: fairy-tale , non-fiction , reference.
I respect Zipes as a critic, and I appreciate that there is a usefulness to Marxist criticism, but this is where it falls short for me. I'm not sure I understand fairy tales themselves any better than when I started the book. Feb 17, Dianna added it. It's a great topic that I'm interested in, but the writing was dry and academic to the point of putting me to sleep each time I picked up this book.
I can't believe I used to read this kind of stuff all the time in college. Mar 29, Rachel rated it it was ok. Parts of this - where he was discussing the history of the genre, or individual tales - were quite interesting. Generally however there was just too much abstract academic waffle. Dec 06, Andy Crane rated it it was ok. This book could have benefited from a closer edit. Zipes repeats himself frequently, without saying very much of anything.
Still, his basic premise that fairy tales stick with us because they give us valuable information about how to navigate our world is an interesting one. Jan 10, Kate rated it really liked it. It's hard to rate this book. On the one hand, I disagreed with at least half of what the author had to say. On the other hand, I found it a fascinating book that helped me to think more about what fairy tales say.
For instance, I think Zipes is too hard on the Grimms. If you judge the Grimms by modern methods of scholarship, then yes, they did a horrible job of preserving the tales interestingly, Zipes points out that more than a few tales weren't even German in origin. However, I think that w It's hard to rate this book.
However, I think that what the Grimms seem to have been doing was to present stories for the amusement of the general public hence, the drastic editing. I found myself disagreeing with so many of Zipes' conclusions, but I was also fascinated and intrigued by how he went about thinking about fairy tales. I'm also fascinated by all the snippets about the history of various fairy tales such as the earlier version of Red Riding Hood, in which she manages to outwit the wolf on her own.
Dec 06, Rebekah rated it really liked it Shelves: grad-school-reading. Meme theory as applied to fairy tales. Oct 18, Tortla marked it as to-read Shelves: dragons-and-fantasy , essays , wishlist , writing-on-writing. Fairy tales as memes? I am intrigued Nov 18, Janin rated it really liked it.
Jack Zipes is insightful and easy to understand as he explores the cultural, historical and social relevance of Fairy Tales, Folk Tales and Oral Wonder Tales. Rhia rated it really liked it Jun 05, Josie Evans rated it really liked it Sep 18, Agata rated it it was amazing Feb 02, Sarah Gash rated it liked it Apr 14, Mandy rated it really liked it Feb 23, David rated it it was amazing Apr 19, Josipa rated it liked it Oct 03, Joyce Holliday rated it it was ok Nov 21, Heather rated it it was amazing Jan 25, Jean-Pierre rated it liked it May 29, Sophie Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Jan 05, LeeAnn rated it it was amazing May 31, Camilla rated it liked it Oct 26, Jubatajuno rated it really liked it Jul 11, Jennifer rated it really liked it Oct 03, Natalia rated it it was ok Dec 19, Susan rated it liked it Feb 20, Loesja rated it liked it Jul 25, Amy Martin rated it it was amazing Apr 03, Laura rated it really liked it May 20, Cierra rated it it was ok Sep 29, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Readers also enjoyed. About Jack D. Jack D. He has published and lectured extensively on the subject of fairy tales, their linguistic roots, and argued that they have a "socialization function".
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 Jack David Zipes is a retired Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. 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.
He completed a PhD in comparative literature at Columbia University. Zipes taught at various institutions before heading German language studies at the University of Minnesota.
He has retranslation of the complete fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
Why Fairy Tales Stick : The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre
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Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre
By Jack Zipes. New York: Routledge, In an ambitious and interesting outing, Jack Zipes moves beyond his previous work theorizing the fairy-tale genre as "classical tales. In the opening chapter, Zipes asks whether there may be internal and external elements of fairy tales that account for both how and why the genre spread and persists, and how and why certain tales loom large as popular favorites. Toward this end, Zipes postulates human reception and reproduction of fairy tales as a behavior governed by evolutionary forces.