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. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Zipes, Jack David. Why fairy tales stick: the evolution and relevance of a genre / Jack Zipes. p. cm. Includes. 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.

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Natalia rated it it was ok Dec 19, A new genre is always the transformation of one or many older genres: As memes cultural replicators or public representations particular fairy tales were endowed with and recognized as having great value in communities and societies. Instead of being raped to death, both grandma and granddaughter are saved by a male hunter or gamekeeper who polices the woods. Thanks to his exhaustive study of tales and motifs in the ancient world, however, we now have a much more comprehensive grasp of sfick memetic and epi- demiological formation of canonical fairy tales.

The gene, the DNA molecule, happens to be the replicating entity syick prevails on our own planet. To his surprise, Zoza gives the objects as gifts.

As Patricia Hannon maintains: People have always wanted to improve or change their personal status or fariy sought magical intervention on their own behalf.

Book ratings by Goodreads. For readers interested primarily in children’s literature, one caveat should be offered: Therefore, there is generally a departure or banishment and the protagonist is either given a task or assumes a task related to the interdiction or prohibition. It is dificult to say why we select tles fairy tales over others to disseminate.

The notion of polygen- esis was also at the basis hwy the British anthropological scholars Edward Burnett Tylor —Andrew Lang —and James George Frazer — ,9 who maintained that, since the human species was similar throughout the world, humans responded to their environment in similar ways, giving rise to identical tales that varied only accord- ing to the customs they developed.

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This may be due to the fact that he was the most famous among the French writers who published fairy tales. This is because it is next talee impossible to know because the literary fairy tale is similar to a special biological species that was cultivated slowly in an oral tradition and then suddenly lowered at one point in history with the help of the printing press and new social and zies forms of transmission.

Why Fairy Tales Stick : The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre

Zipes holds that fairy tales have “stuck” in people’s minds because they have purposefully evolved faairy order to remain relevant.

Perhaps the most important development at this time is that his tales stuck, not only in Europe, but they were also about to catch on throughout the Western world.

Their views were expanded by Theodor Benfey —81a scholar of Sanskrit, who argued in his introduction to the Indic Pantscha Tantra that the genre of the fairy tale originated in ancient India as an oral wonder jjack and spread irst to Persia and then to the entire Arabic-speaking world. The focus on the marvelous and hope for change in the oral wonder tale does not mean that all wonder tales, and later the literary fairy tales, served and serve a radical transforming purpose.

Although xtick start out as similar responses to shared human experiences, these zopes then go through what Zipes calls “miraculous transformations” according to the changing cultural variables of their local environs p. The inal two volumes were published posthumously and con- tained tales for which there are no manuscripts.

Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His conclusion is that it is impossible to find a pure “fairy” tale or pure “folk” tale, since all have been “contaminated” through “cross-cultural and intercultural exchange” producing a myriad of variants With this model it was possible to construct many diverse tales that were adaptable to various circumstances as the numer- ous variants jck versions have proven.


Sixth, there is no salvation, simply an ironic moral in verse wjy warns little girls to beware of strangers, otherwise they will deservedly suffer the conse- quences. A miracle or marvelous intervention is needed to reverse the wheel of fortune.

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Forged from a partnership between a university press and a wwhy, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. On the one hand, I disagreed with at least half of what the author had to say.

Jacm act as though fairy tales have always been with us. Jack Zipes has long been a proponent of the former view. Generally however there was just too much abstract academic waffle.

These are some of the questions that I shall answer in this book. Description 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.

According to Zipes, fairy tales are “a zipex cultural artifact,” a set of similar ideas that emerge in multiple locations p. Put another way, even a gene recog- nizes the importance of cooperation for its own sake.

Historical Background For the past three hundred years or more scholars and critics have sought to deine and classify the oral folk tale and the literary fairy tale, as though they could be clearly distinguished from each other, and as though we could trace their fakry to some primeval source.

Take some of the meat which is inside and the bottle of wine on the shelf. In some of the tales, however, she loses the contest with the male predator and is devoured by him. The frame narrative following Boc- caccio, of course is fascinating in and of itself.