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The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales

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Publisher Comments:

Fairy tales are supposed to be magical, surprising, and exhilarating, an enchanting counterpoint to everyday life that nonetheless helps us understand and deal with the anxieties of that life. Today, however, fairy tales are far from marvelousandmdash;in the hands of Hollywood, they have been stripped of their power, offering little but formulaic narratives and tame surprises.

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If we want to rediscover the power of fairy talesandmdash;as Armando Maggi thinks we shouldandmdash;we need to discover a new mythic lens, a new way of approaching and understanding, and thus re-creating, the transformative potential of these stories. In Preserving the Spell, Maggi argues that the first step is to understand the history of the various traditions of oral and written narrative that together created the fairy tales we know today. He begins his exploration with the ur-text of European fairy tales, Giambattista Basileandrsquo;s The Tale of Tales, then traces its path through later Italian, French, English, and German traditions, with particular emphasis on the Grimm Brothersandrsquo; adaptations of the tales, which are included in the first-ever English translation in an appendix. Carrying his story into the twentieth century, Maggi mounts a powerful argument for freeing fairy tales from their bland contemporary forms, and reinvigorating our belief that we still can find new, powerfully transformative ways of telling these stories.

Synopsis:

Once upon a time, glass slippers, poison apples, evil stepmothers, fairy godmothers, and princes charming exerted a magnetic hold, cast a magic spell, on adults and children alike.and#160; Real-life anxieties fostered a need forand#160; stories that assuage.and#160; But the world changes, and Maggi asks here whether fairy tales have found a way to transform themselves to keep up.and#160; He says no, they havenand#8217;t.and#160; The genre of fairy tale has become contaminated, it has been entitized, like processed food, fossilized as Disney-esque icons.and#160; We need to rediscover the marvelous, the oneiric trance of dazzling dreams or horrid torments.and#160; We need a new mythic lens to help us understand reality, but to chart what that might be, it is necessary to understand the history of the various traditions of oral and written narrative that intersect with each other across time and space.and#160; He goes to Giambattista Basile for the Ur fairy tales, with a special focus on the emblematic Cupid and Psyche myth, an anchor for Maggiand#8217;s wide-ranging investigation of essential variations on fairy tales (with oppositions of beauty/ugly, human/divine, apparent/real).and#160; The transformations of later Italian, French, English, and German traditions come to a head with the Brothers Grimm in 19t-century Germany.and#160; Maggi brilliantly weaves the traditions into the 20th century, in memoirs such as those by Joan Didion, in postmodern novels such as Robert Cooverand#8217;s, and, in a final manifestation, in the convulsively, bleakly beautiful movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild.and#160; This book offers profound reflections on reading fairy tales, on the inherent human need for narrative-myth (and, ultimately, for hope), showing us why we tell tales and how these stories transform over time.and#160; He offers, in an appendix, the first translation of the original Grimm edition of Basileand#8217;s 50 tales.

Synopsis:

Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairy tales figures as the subject matter for this intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Nursery and Household Tales. This updated and expanded second edition includes a new preface and an appendix containing new translations of six tales, along with commentary by Maria Tatar. Throughout the book, Tatar skillfully employs the tools not only of a psychoanalyst but also of a folklorist, literary critic, and historian to examine the harsher aspects of these stories. She presents new interpretations of the powerful stories in this worldwide best-selling book. Few studies have been written in English on these tales, and none has probed their allegedly happy endings so thoroughly.

Synopsis:

Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairy tales figures as the subject matter for this intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Nursery and Household Tales. This updated and expanded second edition includes a new preface and an appendix containing new translations of six tales, along with commentary by Maria Tatar. Throughout the book, Tatar skillfully employs the tools not only of a psychoanalyst but also of a folklorist, literary critic, and historian to examine the harsher aspects of these stories. She presents new interpretations of the powerful stories in this worldwide best-selling book. Few studies have been written in English on these tales, and none has probed their allegedly happy endings so thoroughly.

About the Author

Armando Maggi is professor of romance languages and literatures and a member of the Committee on the History of Culture at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including Satanandrsquo;s Rhetoric and The Resurrection of the Body: Pier Paolo Pasolini from Sade to Saint Paul, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Dancing Backward: An Introduction

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Part One: andldquo;Cupid and Psyche,andrdquo; The Tale of Tales, and the Birth of Western Fairy Tale

1 A Never Ending and Never Told Tale: Basileandrsquo;s Undoing of andldquo;Cupid and Psycheandrdquo;

2 Orpheus, the King of the Birds, Moves to Sicily with Cupid and Psyche: Laura Gonzenbachandrsquo;s andldquo;King Cardidduandrdquo;

3 Melancholy Is the Best Storyteller: Oil, Water, and Blood from Gonzenbach back to Basile

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Part Two: The Italian Tales and German Romanticism: The Brothers Grimm, Clemens Brentano, Novalis

4 What We Leave Behind: Fairies, Letters, Rose Petals, and Sprigs of Myrtle

5 The Fairy, the Myrtle, and the Myrtle-Maiden: From Basile to the Grimms and Brentano

6 How to Undo The Tale of Tales: Brentano and the End of Fairy Tales

7 Where Are the Ogresses of Yesteryear? The Neapolitan Cupids and Psyches in the Hands of the Brothers Grimm

8 Beauty, Zulima, and Aline: The Marvel Preceding and Following the World According to Novalis

and#160;

Part Three: American Postmodernism, Memoirs, and a New Beginning

9 andldquo;You Will Never Awaken Because the Story You Were In No Longer Existsandrdquo;: Coover, Postmodernism, and the End of an Era

10 andldquo;Disney World Has Become a Kind of Reverse Lourdesandrdquo;: From Stanley Elkin back to Basile

11 andldquo;A Benign Fairy Tale out of the Brothers Grimmandrdquo;: Memoirs and the Magic of Reality

12 andldquo;Everything Beautiful Is Goneandrdquo;: Beasts of the Southern Wild and a New Beginning

and#160;

Appendix: The Grimmsandrsquo; Adaptations of Basile

Notes

IndexDancing Backward: An Introduction

and#160;

Part One: andldquo;Cupid and Psyche,andrdquo; The Tale of Tales, and the Birth of Western Fairy Tale

1 A Never Ending and Never Told Tale: Basileandrsquo;s Undoing of andldquo;Cupid and Psycheandrdquo;

2 Orpheus, the King of the Birds, Moves to Sicily with Cupid and Psyche: Laura Gonzenbachandrsquo;s andldquo;King Cardidduandrdquo;

3 Melancholy Is the Best Storyteller: Oil, Water, and Blood from Gonzenbach back to Basile

and#160;

Part Two: The Italian Tales and German Romanticism: The Brothers Grimm, Clemens Brentano, Novalis

4 What We Leave Behind: Fairies, Letters, Rose Petals, and Sprigs of Myrtle

5 The Fairy, the Myrtle, and the Myrtle-Maiden: From Basile to the Grimms and Brentano

6 How to Undo The Tale of Tales: Brentano and the End of Fairy Tales

7 Where Are the Ogresses of Yesteryear? The Neapolitan Cupids and Psyches in the Hands of the Brothers Grimm

8 Beauty, Zulima, and Aline: The Marvel Preceding and Following the World According to Novalis

and#160;

Part Three: American Postmodernism, Memoirs, and a New Beginning

9 andldquo;You Will Never Awaken Because the Story You Were In No Longer Existsandrdquo;: Coover, Postmodernism, and the End of an Era

10 andldquo;Disney World Has Become a Kind of Reverse Lourdesandrdquo;: From Stanley Elkin back to Basile

11 andldquo;A Benign Fairy Tale out of the Brothers Grimmandrdquo;: Memoirs and the Magic of Reality

12 andldquo;Everything Beautiful Is Goneandrdquo;: Beasts of the Southern Wild and a New Beginning

and#160;

Appendix: The Grimmsandrsquo; Adaptations of Basile

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691114699
Author:
Tatar, Maria
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Maggi, Armando
Author:
Tatar, Maria M.
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Fairy tales
Subject:
German
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Fairy tales -- Germany -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Grimm, Wilhelm - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
v. 3
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 halftones
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 18 oz

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"Synopsis" by ,
Once upon a time, glass slippers, poison apples, evil stepmothers, fairy godmothers, and princes charming exerted a magnetic hold, cast a magic spell, on adults and children alike.and#160; Real-life anxieties fostered a need forand#160; stories that assuage.and#160; But the world changes, and Maggi asks here whether fairy tales have found a way to transform themselves to keep up.and#160; He says no, they havenand#8217;t.and#160; The genre of fairy tale has become contaminated, it has been entitized, like processed food, fossilized as Disney-esque icons.and#160; We need to rediscover the marvelous, the oneiric trance of dazzling dreams or horrid torments.and#160; We need a new mythic lens to help us understand reality, but to chart what that might be, it is necessary to understand the history of the various traditions of oral and written narrative that intersect with each other across time and space.and#160; He goes to Giambattista Basile for the Ur fairy tales, with a special focus on the emblematic Cupid and Psyche myth, an anchor for Maggiand#8217;s wide-ranging investigation of essential variations on fairy tales (with oppositions of beauty/ugly, human/divine, apparent/real).and#160; The transformations of later Italian, French, English, and German traditions come to a head with the Brothers Grimm in 19t-century Germany.and#160; Maggi brilliantly weaves the traditions into the 20th century, in memoirs such as those by Joan Didion, in postmodern novels such as Robert Cooverand#8217;s, and, in a final manifestation, in the convulsively, bleakly beautiful movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild.and#160; This book offers profound reflections on reading fairy tales, on the inherent human need for narrative-myth (and, ultimately, for hope), showing us why we tell tales and how these stories transform over time.and#160; He offers, in an appendix, the first translation of the original Grimm edition of Basileand#8217;s 50 tales.
"Synopsis" by , Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairy tales figures as the subject matter for this intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Nursery and Household Tales. This updated and expanded second edition includes a new preface and an appendix containing new translations of six tales, along with commentary by Maria Tatar. Throughout the book, Tatar skillfully employs the tools not only of a psychoanalyst but also of a folklorist, literary critic, and historian to examine the harsher aspects of these stories. She presents new interpretations of the powerful stories in this worldwide best-selling book. Few studies have been written in English on these tales, and none has probed their allegedly happy endings so thoroughly.
"Synopsis" by ,

Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairy tales figures as the subject matter for this intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Nursery and Household Tales. This updated and expanded second edition includes a new preface and an appendix containing new translations of six tales, along with commentary by Maria Tatar. Throughout the book, Tatar skillfully employs the tools not only of a psychoanalyst but also of a folklorist, literary critic, and historian to examine the harsher aspects of these stories. She presents new interpretations of the powerful stories in this worldwide best-selling book. Few studies have been written in English on these tales, and none has probed their allegedly happy endings so thoroughly.

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