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Breaking the Magic Spell

Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales

Jack Zipes


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This revised, expanded, and updated edition of the 1979 landmark Breaking the Magic Spell examines the enduring power of fairy tales and the ways they invade our subjective world. In seven provocative essays, Zipes discusses the importance of investigating oral folk tales in their socio-political context and traces their evolution into literary fairy tales, a metamorphosis that often diminished the ideology of the original narrative. Zipes also looks at how folk tales influence our popular belie.

University Press of Kentucky, 9780813190303, 304pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2002