In his latest book, fairy tales expert Jack Zipes explores the question of why some fairy tales “work” and others don’t, why the fairy tale is. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Zipes, Jack David. Why fairy tales stick: the evolution and relevance of a genre / Jack Zipes. p. cm. Includes. In his latest book, fairy tales expert Jack Zipes explores the question of why some fairy tales “work” and others don’t, why the fairy tale is uniquely capable of.

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We cannot say with historical precision when the literary fairy tale began its evolution, but we can trace motifs and elements of the literary fairy tale to numerous types of storytelling and stories hack antiquity that contributed to the for- mation of a particular branch of telling and writing tales.

What is it in the generic nature of the fairy tale that accounts for its cultural relevance and its attraction?

Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre

A wolf attacked her, went to its woodland lair, took her as booty to its cubs, and left her to be eaten. Because many of the proverbs originated among the uneducated countryfolk, Sigebert of Gembloux ca.

In any case, toying with the idea of an obviously nonexistent dreamland is as old as literature itself. Jaxk we know, tales zkpes not only speak to us, they inhabit us and become relevant in our struggles to resolve conlicts that endanger our happiness. But this is not entirely the case, and not all human beings are predisposed and conigured to process the fairy tale as if it were innate. About a Girl Saved from Wolfcubs What I have to relate, countryfolk can tell along with ziles, and it is not so much marvelous as it is quite true to believe.


Clay, stone, metal, bark, papyrus, wax, parchment, and paper are only a selection of the materials that have been used for this purpose.

The quasi- acceptance of the genre—quasi because the censors did not fully accept it—enabled numerous writers to experiment and produce highly origi- nal fairy tales. Fairies were omniscient and omnipotent and ruled their universes, and there was no explanation why or how they had achieved such great power.

This contradic- tory perspective can be takes in most of his fairy tales.

Within the borders of the oral and written frame there is a dialogue concerning gender-oriented ritu- als, social initiations, or the appropriate manner of behavior in speciic situations. Canonical fairy tales are complex memes that are a result of the conlicting forces of cultural production. Just as the frame tale leads to the exposure of the stealthy slave girl with no holds barred, all the nar- ratives seek to reveal the contradictory nature in which all members of society pretend to comport themselves according to lofty standards but will stoop as low as they must to achieve wealth and happiness.

Perrault had always frequented the literary salons of his niece Mlle. Why culture has favored certain fairy tales may not be simply a question of ideology – tales reinforcing a societal faity quo – but also deeply related to issues of genetics, memetics, linguistics, and evolution.

Why Fairy Tales Stick: But Zoza, whose happiness depends on Tadeo, is not about to con- cede the prince to a slave girl.

Hoffmann came on the scene in Cavallius, Old Norse Fairy Tale: The purpose of this eclectic mix seems to be to illustrate the breadth and depth of the cultural influence of the traditional folktales—a fairly widely accepted notion. Joyce Holliday rated it it was ok Nov 21, Chapter 2 of the book provides a talex history of fairy tales.


Moreover, his fear of women and his own sexual drives are incorporated in his new literary version, which also relects general male attitudes about women portrayed as eager to be seduced or raped. Their ingredients—consisting of formulaic elements, individual motifs, and stock themes—are part of a widespread oral culture that has continued to the present day.

Journal of American Folklore. At least six of Mme. Which talented priest would not want to serve the missionary thrust of the church by collecting tales heard in childhood, read in school, heard on travels and in various monasteries?

Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre by Jack D. Zipes

Chapter 3 closes with a review of several modern adult versions of Cinderella, including one featuring a gay prince charming, one with a lesbian Cinderella Here the mother plays a more signiicant role by warning Little Red Riding Hood not to stray from the path through the woods. However, I think that w It’s hard to rate this book.

In a txles so filled with minutiae, such oversights are bound to occur—of course, one wonders how many others went unheeded. The aim is to explain in cognitively realistic terms what these expectations of relevance amount to, and how they might wuy to an empirically plausible account of comprehension. Apr 29, Katherine Sas rated it qhy was ok Shelves: An acclaimed translator and scholar of children’s literature and culture, his many books include Hans Christian Andersen: