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By Maria Tatar

The cultural resilience of fairy stories is incontestable. Surviving over the centuries and thriving in numerous media, fairy stories proceed to complement our imaginations and form our lives. This Norton severe variation of The vintage Fairy Tales examines the style, its cultural implications--and its serious background. The editor has amassed fairy stories from around the globe to bare the diversity and play of those tales over the years.

The vintage Fairy Tales makes a speciality of six assorted story kinds: "Little crimson using Hood,' "Beauty and the Beast," "Snow White," "Cinderella," "Bluebeard," and "Hansel and Gretel." It contains multicultural editions of those stories, in addition to subtle literary rescriptings. each one story sort is preceded via an advent, and annotations are supplied all through. additionally integrated during this selection of over 40 tales are stories via Hans Christian Andersen and Oscar Wilde.

"Criticism" collects twelve essays that interrogate varied points of fairy stories by way of exploring their social origins, old evolution, mental dynamics, and engagement with problems with gender and nationwide id. Bruno Bettelheim, Robert Darnton, Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Karen E. Rowe, Marina Warner, Zohar Shavit, Jack Zipes, Donald Haase, Maria Tatar, Antti Aarne, and Vladimir Propp supply serious overviews. a specific Bibliography is incorporated.

About the Series--Each Norton severe version comprises an authoritative textual content, contextual and resource fabrics, and quite a lot of interpretation--from modern views to the most up-tp-date severe theory--as good as a bibliography and a chronology of the author's existence and paintings.

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So the little girl took an automatic out of her basket and shot the wolf dead. Moral: It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be. ITALO CALVINO The False Grandmother t A mother had to sift flour, and told her little girl to go to her grand­ mother's and borrow the sifter. T h e child packed a snack—ring-shaped cakes and bread with oil—and set out. She came to the Jordan River. " The Jordan River had a weakness for ring-shaped cakes, which he enjoyed twirling in his whirlpools.

T h e tormented Nora of Ibsen's Doll's House, a figure identified again and again as a bird or creature of nature, was clearly inspired to some extent by the swan maiden and her domestic tribulations. Instead of donning feathers (as swan maidens do), Nora rediscovers a diaphanous dancing dress and, after executing the tarantella, takes leave of Torvald. T h e symbolic nexus connecting animal skins, costumes, and dancing is so prominent in this tale type that it points to a possible underlying link with the Cinderella, Donkeyskin, and Catskin stories.

Little Red Cap walked home cheerfully, and no one did her any harm. JAMES T H U R B E R The Little Girl and the Wolft One afternoon a big wolf waited in a dark forest for a little girl to come along carrying a basket of food to her grandmother. Finally a little girl did come along and she was carrying a basket of food. " asked the wolf. The little girl said t James Thurber, "The Little Girl and the Wolf," from Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated by }ames Thurber (New York: Harpers, 1940).

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