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Off with Their Heads! : Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood - Maria Tatar

Off with Their Heads!

Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood

Paperback Published: 24th October 1993
ISBN: 9780691000886
Number Of Pages: 332

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When Hansel and Gretel try to eat the witch's gingerbread house in the woods, are they indulging their "uncontrolled cravings" and "destructive desires" or are they simply responding normally to the hunger pangs they feel after being abandoned by their parents? Challenging Bruno Bettelheim and other critics who read fairy tales as enactments of children's untamed urges, Maria Tatar argues that it is time to stop casting the children as villians. In this provocative book she explores how adults mistreat children, focusing on adults not only as hostile characters in fairy tales themselves but also as real people who use frightening stories to discipline young listeners.

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Winner of the 1992 Book Prize in Literature, German Studies Association "As provocative and stimulating as her The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales, this book should give a salutary shock to everyone who brings children and tales together, convincing them that "every interpretation is a rewriting' and encouraging them "to identify what is transmitted in the stories we tell children.'"--Library Journal

List of Illustrations
Rewritten by Adults: The Inscription of Children's Literaturep. 3
IIp. 22
IIIp. 51
IVp. 70
Vp. 94
VIp. 120
VIIp. 140
VIIIp. 163
IXp. 190
Xp. 212
Epilogue: Reinvention through Interventionp. 229
Notesp. 239
Select Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780691000886
ISBN-10: 0691000883
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 24th October 1993
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49