Brothers & Beasts

Brothers & Beasts

An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales

By Kate Bernheimer (Editor); Jack Zipes (Afterword by); Maria Tatar (Foreword by)

Wayne State University Press, Paperback, 9780814332672, 191pp.

Publication Date: October 2007


Despite the availability of several eloquent gender studies of fairy tales, a popular reference on men and fairy tales has so far been nonexistent. Brothers and Beasts offers a new perspective by allowing twenty-three male writers the chance to explore their artistic and emotional relationship to their favorite fairy-tale stories. In their personal essays, the contributors-who include genre, literary, mainstream, and visual media writers-offer new insight into men's reception of fairy tales. Brothers and Beasts, the follow-up to Kate Bernheimer's influential Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales, offers new avenues for research in fairy-tale studies.

Bernheimer has invited many well-known writers to contribute to this volume, from Gregory Maguire, whose acclaimed titles include Wicked, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and Son of a Witch, to Robert Coover, one of the premier authors of postmodern fiction, to Neil Gaiman, a well-known fantasy fiction writer and author of graphic novels. With a foreword by Maria Tatar and an afterword by Jack Zipes, the intimate and contemplative essays are framed by insight from two leading fairy-tale studies scholars.

Brothers and Beasts proves that men are deeply influenced by the childhood reading of fairy tales, despite the fact that these fantastic and memorable tales are often mistakenly considered to be the domain of women readers and writers. Students and teachers of fairy-tale and gender studies along with readers of contemporary literature will enjoy this accessible and intriguing volume.

About the Author
Kate Bernheimer has written novels for adults, and is the editor of the literary journal Fairy Tale Review. She is an assistant professor of creative writing in the MFA program at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with her husband and daughter.
Nicoletta Cecolli is the illustrator of many acclaimed picture books published around the world, including "The Barefoot Book of Fairy Tales," retold by Malachy Doyle. She lives in San Marino, Italy.

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Jack Zipes is the translator and editor of "The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm" (Princeton), the editor of "The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy Tales" (Hackett), and the author of "Why Fairy Tales Stick", among many other books. He is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota.

Maria Tatar chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories. She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.