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Once Upon a Time : A Short History of Fairy Tale (Hardcover) (Marina Warner)
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From wicked queens, beautiful princesses, elves, monsters, and goblins to giants, glass slippers, poisoned apples, magic keys, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over readers and audiences, both adults and children, for centuries. These fantastic stories have travelled across cultural borders, and been passed down from generation to generation, ever-changing, renewed with each re-telling. Few forms of literature have greater power to enchant us and rekindle our imagination than a fairy tale. But what is a fairy tale? Where do they come from and what do they mean? What do they try and communicate to us about morality, sexuality, and society? The range of fairy tales stretches across great distances and time; their history is entangled with folklore and myth, and their inspiration draws on ideas about nature and the supernatural, imagination and fantasy, psychoanalysis, and feminism.Marina Warner has loved fairy tales over her long writing career, and she explores here a multitude of tales through the ages, their different manifestations on the page, the stage, and the screen. From the phenomenal rise of Victorian and Edwardian literature to contemporary children's stories, Warner unfolds a glittering array of examples, from classics such asRed Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty, the Grimm Brothers'Hansel and Gretel, and Hans Andersen's The Little Mermaid, to modern-day realizations including Walt Disney'sSnow White and gothic interpretations such as Pan's Labyrinth. In ten succinct chapters, Marina Warner digs into a rich collection of fairy tales in their brilliant and fantastical variations, in order to define a genre and evaluate a literary form that keeps shifting through time and history. She makes a persuasive case for fairy tale as a crucial repository of human understanding and culture.
Drawing on well known examples both past and present, the author examines the history of fairy tales, discussing their origins and variations, their meanings and cultural influences and how they combine equal parts of fantasy, folklore and myth.
Number of Pages: 201
Genre: Literary Criticism
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Marina Warner
Street Date: December 15, 2014
Item Number (DPCI): 247-25-9392