Off with Their Heads!: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood

Voorkant
Princeton University Press, 24 okt. 1993 - 295 pagina's
When fairy tales moved from workrooms, taverns, and the fireside into the nursery, they not only lost much of their irreverent, earthy humor but were also deprived of their contestatory stance to official culture. Children's literature, Maria Tatar maintains, has always been more intent on producing docile minds than playful bodies. From its inception, it has openly endorsed a productive discipline that condemns idleness and disobedience along with most forms of social resistance. In this book she explores how Perrault, the Grimms, and others reshaped fairy tales to produce conciliatory literary texts that dedicate themselves to the project of socializing the child.When fairy tales moved from workrooms, taverns, and the fireside into the nursery, they not only lost much of their irreverent, earthy humor but were also deprived of their contestatory stance to official culture. Children's literature, Maria Tatar maintains, has always been more intent on producing docile minds than playful bodies. From its inception, it has openly endorsed a productive discipline that condemns idleness and disobedience along with most forms of social resistance. In this book she explores how Perrault, the Grimms, and others reshaped fairy tales to produce conciliatory literary texts that dedicate themselves to the project of socializing the child.
 

Wat mensen zeggen - Een review schrijven

OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood

Gebruikersrecensie  - Kirkus

Provocative observations on the uses (and misuses) of ``classic'' fairy tales are overwhelmed by academic jargon in this oddly disjointed and disappointing study from Tatar (German Literature/Harvard ... Volledige review lezen

Inhoudsopgave

Rewritten by Adults The Inscription of Childrens Literature
3
Teaching Them a Lesson The Pedagogy of Fear in Fairy Tales
22
Just Desserts RewardandPunishment Tales
51
Wilhelm Grimm Maurice Sendak Dear Mili and the Art of Dying Happily Ever After
70
Daughters of Eve FairyTale Heroines and Their Seven Sins
94
Tyranny at Home Catskin and Cinderella
120
Beauties and Beasts From Blind Obedience to Love at First Sight
140
As Sweet as Love Violence and the Fulfillment of Wishes
163
Table Matters Cannibalism and Oral Greed
190
Telling Differences Parents vs Children in The Jumper Tree
212
Reinvention through Intervention
229
Notes
239
Select Bibliography
273
Index
289
Copyright

Overige edities - Alles weergeven

Veelvoorkomende woorden en zinsdelen

Over de auteur (1993)

Maria Tatar is Professor of German Literature at Harvard University.

Bibliografische gegevens