Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale

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From wicked queens, beautiful princesses, elves, monsters, and goblins to giants, glass slippers, poisoned apples, magic keys, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over readers and audiences, both adults and children, for centuries. These fantastic stories have travelled across cultural borders and been passed on from generation to generation, ever-changing, renewed with each re-telling. Few forms of literature have greater power to enchant us and rekindle our imagination than a fairy tale.

But what is a fairy tale? Where do they come from and what do they mean? What do they try and communicate to us about morality, sexuality, and society? The range of fairy tales stretches across great distances and time; their history is entangled with folklore and myth and their inspiration draws on ideas about nature and the supernatural, imagination and fantasy, psychoanalysis, and feminism.

Marina Warner has loved fairy tales over a long writing life and in Once Upon a Time, she explores a multitude of tales through the ages, their different manifestations on the page, the stage, and the screen. From the phenomenal rise of Victorian and Edwardian literature to contemporary children's stories, Warner unfolds a glittering array of examples, from classics such as Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty, the Grimm Brothers' Hansel and Gretel, and Hans Andersen's The Little Mermaid, to modern-day realizations including Walt Disney's Snow White and gothic interpretations such as Pan's Labyrinth.

In 10 succinct chapters, Marina Warner digs into a rich hoard of fairy tales in their brilliant and fantastical variations in order to define a genre and evaluate a literary form that keeps shifting through time and history. Her book makes a persuasive case for fairy tale as a crucial repository of human understanding and culture.

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Marina Warner's award-winning studies of mythology and fairy tales include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary, Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights, From the Beast to the Blonde - on Fairy Tales and their Tellers, Monuments & Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form, and No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock. Her Clarendon Lectures Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds were published in 2001. In 2015, she was awarded the Holberg Prize and in 2013, she was awarded a Sheykh Zayed Prize and the Truman Capote Award. She was awarded a CBE for services to Literature in 2008. She is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy.

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"[Warner] presents a thoughtful, discursive and often personal survey of how 'fairy tale' has expressed itself over the centuries.... Both a beguiling appreciation of and a fascinating tour through faery, this offers riches aplenty for lovers of fantasy fiction, children's literature and the tales themselves." --Kirkus Reviews


"[A]nyone interested in reading about the history of tales they first encountered in childhood will be edified and entertained." --Publishers Weekly


"[An] enchanting history of fairy tales.... A thought-provoking work for fans of history, sociology, literature, and film. Warner's writing is free of theoretical jargon and will appeal to readers of all types." --Library Journal


"[Warner] draws together her research, touching on anthropology, psychoanalysis, literary analysis and an expansive history. For such a small book it carries a heavy load, but Ms. Warner's insights are both surprising and rewarding." --The Economist


"Once Upon a Time is a perfect 'short history of the fairy tale.' The writing is pungent, the authority unassailable, the pace quick.... Warner, in short, knows fairy tales better than Mother Goose herself." --Michael Dirda, Washington Post


"In this lively, scholarly work, Warner surveys centuries of fairy tales and academic research about them. She ties these tales to virtually every aspect of culture--mythology, art, music, movies, games, and psychology. We need them, she says, to make sense of the world." --Charles Euchner, Boston Globe


"[B]esides the wealth of information here, the strongest readerly pleasures are her associations with and riffs on the many, many things fairy tales touch.... Once Upon a Time is clearly an academic book, but it soars beyond its practical purpose and into the realm of pure delight, where it will find a grateful readership in the general public." --The New York Times Book Review


"[A] beautifully written, thought-provoking short study...." --Shepherd Express


"This book could be written only by one who has known the field intimately over a long period. It is rich, clear, elegant, condensed...it is a perfect introduction for undergraduates and those beginning study in the field. Each chapter has a bibliography of the chief sources and suggestions for further reading; there is a helpful index. But what Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale offers most is a masterly synopsis of the complex, surprising, and serious aesthetic and cultural work of the fairy tale over time and in this moment. Once Upon a Time invites new exploration of the marvelous terrain while offering--unlike Hansel's breadcrumbs--a sense of where we've come from." -- Papers on Language and Literature


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Verlag: Oxford University Press Jul 2016 (2016)
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Buchbeschreibung Oxford University Press Jul 2016, 2016. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - From wicked queens, beautiful princesses, elves, monsters, and goblins to giants, glass slippers, poisoned apples, magic keys, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over readers and audiences, both adults and children, for centuries. These fantastic stories have travelled across cultural borders, and been passed on from generation to generation, ever-changing, renewed with each re-telling. Few forms of literature have greater powerto enchant us and rekindle our imagination than a fairy tale. But what is a fairy tale Where do they come from and what do they mean What do they try and communicate to us about morality, sexuality, and society The range of fairy tales stretches across great distances and time; their history is entangled with folklore and myth, and their inspiration draws on ideas about nature and the supernatural, imagination and fantasy, psychoanalysis, and feminism. Marina Warner has loved fairy tales over a long writing life, and she explores here a multitude of tales through the ages, their different manifestations on the page, the stage, and the screen. From the phenomenal rise of Victorian and Edwardian literature to contemporary children's stories, Warner unfolds a glittering array of examples, from classics such as Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty, the Grimm Brothers' Hansel and Gretel, and Hans Andersen's The Little Mermaid, to modern-day realizations including Walt Disney's Snow White and gothic interpretations such as Pan's Labyrinth. In ten succinct chapters, Marina Warner digs into a rich hoard of fairy tales in their brilliant and fantastical variations, in order to define a genre and evaluate a literary form that keeps shifting through time and history. Her book makes a persuasive case for fairy tale as a crucial repository of human understanding and culture. 201 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780198779858

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