Jack D. Zipes


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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 reveal the gaps between truth and falsehood in our immediate society." His arguments are avowedly based on the neo-Marxist critical theory of the Frankfurt School.

Zipes enjoys using droll titles for his works like Don't Bet on the Prince and The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Ridinghood.

He completed a PhD in comparative literature at Columbi
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The Great Fairy Tale Tradit...

4.23 avg rating — 357 ratings — published 2000 — 2 editions
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Beauty and the Beast and Ot...

4.22 avg rating — 393 ratings — published 1989 — 8 editions
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Fairy Tales and the Art of ...

4.11 avg rating — 295 ratings — published 1983 — 29 editions
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The Oxford Companion to Fai...

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Spells of Enchantment: The ...

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Breaking the Magic Spell: R...

3.77 avg rating — 238 ratings — published 1979 — 13 editions
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The Trials and Tribulations...

4.14 avg rating — 202 ratings — published 1983 — 7 editions
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The Irresistible Fairy Tale...

3.75 avg rating — 204 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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“Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been “a means to conquer the terrors of mankind through metaphor.”
Jack Zipes

“The fairy tale emanates from specific struggles to humanize bestial and barbaric forces, which have terrorized our minds and communities in concrete ways, threatening to destroy free will and human compassion. The fairy tale sets out to conquer this concrete terror through metaphors.”
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“Alas for those girls who've refused the truth: The sweetest tongue has the sharpest tooth.”
Jack Zipes, Little Red Riding Hood and Other Classic French Fairy Tales

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