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Fairy Tales and Feminism

New Approaches (Fairy-tale Studies)

By Donald P. Haase (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 268 pages
Other Information: 5 illustrations
Published In: United States, 30 September 2004
In the 1970s, feminists focused critical attention on fairy tales and broke the spell that had enchanted readers for centuries. By exposing the role of fairy tales in the cultural struggle over gender, feminism transformed fairy-tale studies and sparked a debate that would change the way society thinks about fairy tales and the words "happily ever after." Now, after three decades of provocative criticism and controversy, this book reevaluates the feminist critique of fairy tales. The eleven essays within Fairy Tales and Feminism challenge and rethink conventional wisdom about the fairy-tale heroine and offer new insights into the tales produced by female writers and storytellers. Resisting a one-dimensional view of the woman-centered fairy tale, each essay reveals ambiguities in female-authored tales and the remarkable potential of classical tales to elicit unexpected responses from women. Exploring new texts and contexts, Fairy Tales and Feminism reaches out beyond the national and cultural bound aries that have limited our understanding of the fairy tale. The authors reconsider the fairy tale in French, German, and Anglo-American contexts and also engage African, Indian Ocean, Iberian, Latin American, Indo-Anglian, and South Asian diasporic texts. Also considered within this volume is how film, television, advertising, and the Internet test the fairy tale's boundaries and its traditional authority in defining gender. From the Middle Ages to the postmodern age - from the French fabliau to Hollywood's Ever After and television's Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire? - the essays assembled here cover a broad range of topics that map new territory for fairy-tale studies. Framed by a critical survey of feminist fairy-tale scholarship and an extensive bibliography - the most comprehensive listing of women-centered fairy-tale research ever assembled - Fairy Tales and Feminism is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the intersection of fairy tales and feminism.

About the Author

Donald Haase is chair of the Department of German and Slavic Studies at Wayne State University. He is editor of The Reception of Grimm's Fairy Tales; Responses, Reactions, Revisions (Wayne State University Press, 1993) and general editor of Morvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies.

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"[Fairy Tales and Feminism] is the first book since the 1980s to present a comprehensive approach toward analyzing the impact of feminism on all aspects of the literary fairy tale.... This book will have a great reception." Fairy Tales and Feminism is the first book since the 1980s to present a comprehensive approach toward analyzing the impact of feminism on all aspects of the literary fairy tale. . . . This book will have a great reception. - Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota

EAN: 9780814330302
ISBN: 0814330304
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Dimensions: 23.01 x 15.29 x 1.5 centimetres (0.38 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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