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Mirjam (thebookcafee)
Jan 29, 2015 Mirjam (thebookcafee) rated it really liked it
So I have FINALLY finished The Penguin Book of Western Fairy Tales, which is almost 800 pages of fairy tale goodness. The selection ranges from Cupid and Psyche (2nd century) to Pichounetta and the Sergeant of Arles (1988). The tales vary greatly in length and tone, with stories from fairy tale heavyweights like Grimm and Andersen. There are also contributions from well-known writers like Goethe, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain and Tanith Lee.
I have to say, my enjoyment of them also varied greatly. Man
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Jack David Zipes is a retired Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. He has published and lectured extensively on the subject of fairy tales, their linguistic roots, and argued that they have a "socialization function". According to Zipes, fairy tales "serve a meaningful social function, not just for compensation but for revelation: the worlds projected by the best of our fairy tales ...more
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