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The Resource Off with their heads! : fairy tales and the culture of childhood, Maria Tatar

Off with their heads! : fairy tales and the culture of childhood, Maria Tatar

Label
Off with their heads! : fairy tales and the culture of childhood
Title
Off with their heads!
Title remainder
fairy tales and the culture of childhood
Statement of responsibility
Maria Tatar
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When fairy tales moved from workrooms, taverns, and the fireside into the nursery, they not only lost much of their irreverent, earthy humor but were also deprived of their contestatory stance to official culture. Children's literature, Maria Tatar maintains, has always been more intent on producing docile minds than playful bodies. From its inception, it has openly endorsed a productive discipline that condemns idleness and disobedience along with most forms of social resistance. In this book she explores how Perrault, the Grimms, and others reshaped fairy tales to produce conciliatory literary texts that dedicate themselves to the project of socializing the child. Tatar finds that when we read and interpret fairy tales today, we often fall into the trap of positioning children as the real villains of the tales. Authorities such as Bruno Bettelheim, for example, focus on "Hansel and Gretel" as a story about the "destructive desires," "uncontrolled cravings," and "ambivalent feelings" of the protagonists rather than as a story about adult hostility toward children. After examining how fairy tales were converted into children's literature, the author investigates the acculturation of heroines in such stories as "Cinderella" and "Beauty and the Beast" and concludes with meditations on violence, cannibalism, and conflicts between parents and children. Since the cultural stories we read to children in their "formative years" have a powerful influence on their lives, Tatar emphasizes the importance of interrogating and reinterpreting these bedtime tales
Cataloging source
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tatar, Maria
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grimm, Jacob
  • Grimm, Wilhelm
  • Fairy tales
  • Folklore and children
  • Children's stories
  • Contes de fées
  • Folklore et enfants
  • Histoires pour enfants
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Children's stories
  • Fairy tales
  • Folklore and children
  • Märchen
  • Kind
  • Sozialisation
  • Kindesmisshandlung
  • Kinderverhalen
  • Volksverhalen
  • Sprookjes
  • Kinderpsychologie
  • Enfants
  • Contes de fées
  • Représentation mentale chez l'enfant
Label
Off with their heads! : fairy tales and the culture of childhood, Maria Tatar
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-288) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Rewritten by Adults: The inscription of children's literature -- II. "Teaching them a lesson": The pedagogy of fear in fairy tales -- III. Just desserts: Reward-and-punishment tales -- IV. Wilhelm Grimm / Maurice Sendak: Dear Mili and the art of dying happily ever after -- V. Daughters of Eve: Fairy-tale heroines and their seven sins -- VI. Tyranny at home: "Catskin" and "Cinderella" -- VII. Beauties and beasts: From blind obedience to love at first sight -- VIII. "As sweet as love": Violence and the fulfillment of wishes -- IX. Table matters: Cannibalism and oral greed -- X. Telling differences: Parents vs. children in "The Juniper Tree" -- Epilogue: Reinvention through intervention
Control code
on1162817297
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxviii, 295 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691214818
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv10wzg4q
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1162817297
Label
Off with their heads! : fairy tales and the culture of childhood, Maria Tatar
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-288) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Rewritten by Adults: The inscription of children's literature -- II. "Teaching them a lesson": The pedagogy of fear in fairy tales -- III. Just desserts: Reward-and-punishment tales -- IV. Wilhelm Grimm / Maurice Sendak: Dear Mili and the art of dying happily ever after -- V. Daughters of Eve: Fairy-tale heroines and their seven sins -- VI. Tyranny at home: "Catskin" and "Cinderella" -- VII. Beauties and beasts: From blind obedience to love at first sight -- VIII. "As sweet as love": Violence and the fulfillment of wishes -- IX. Table matters: Cannibalism and oral greed -- X. Telling differences: Parents vs. children in "The Juniper Tree" -- Epilogue: Reinvention through intervention
Control code
on1162817297
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxviii, 295 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691214818
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv10wzg4q
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1162817297

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