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Happily Ever After Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry

by Jack David Zipes

  • ISBN: 9780415918510
  • ISBN10: 0415918510

Happily Ever After Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry

by Jack David Zipes

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish date: 03/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780415918510
  • ISBN10: 0415918510
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Description: -- Provocative discussion of fairy tales by a contemporary authority on the subject
-- Links traditional fairy tales to film adaptations, child abuse and the future of the genre

In Happily Ever After, Jack Zipes addresses his ongoing concern with the socialization of children, the impact of the fairy tale on children and adults, and the future development of the fairy tale as film. As a result of analyzing the historical trajectory of storytelling and the literary fairy tale, the essays in Happily Ever After move from the sixteenth century to the present, between different cultures and societies, and from specific analyses to general syntheses. Zipes demonstrates how Straparola's 16th-century Puss in Boots tale is related to Disney's 1922 film version. He examines the narrative structure of Hansel and Gretel as a rationalization for child abuse, tracing the same theme in Collad's novel Pinocchio and its Disney film version. He concludes by examining how we have come full circle from the early oral tradition in light of the rise of storytelling throughout the world. Underscoring all these essays is the question that all fairy tales raise: what does it take to bring about happiness? Is happiness only to be found in fairy tales?

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