A Companion to the Fairy Tale

A Companion to the Fairy Tale

Edited by Hilda Ellis Davidson, Anna Chaudhri

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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Studies of the fairy tale describe different interpretations of the form and theories of its origin and transmission.
Introduction by Derek Brewer.
The aim of this book is to discuss the characteristics of the traditional fairy tale in Europe and North America, and various theories of its development and interpretation. The book deals with the main collections - the Grimm brothers, Hans Andersen, Perrault and Afanes'ev - and with the development of tales in various regions of Europe, including Ireland, Wales, Scandinavia, Germany and Russia, as well as India, where it was once claimed that they originated.
The subject of the fairy tale is a controversial one: problems discussed here include the relationship between tales recorded from story-tellers and literary works, the importance of printed works for the spread of the tales, the growth of recent examples with a feminine approach, the spread of popular tales like Cinderella, special types like the cumulative tales, possible effects of TV, and the nature of traditional plots and characters. Above all, we have been concerned with the distribution and long survival of these tales, and the nature of their appeal.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE KATHARINE BRIGGS FOLKLORE AWARD 2004.

Contributors: GRAHAM ANDERSON, DAVID BLAMIRES, RUTH BOTTIGHEIMER, DEREK BREWER, MARY BROCKINGTON, ANNA CHAUDHRI, HILDA ELLIS DAVIDSON, ROBIN GWYNDAF, BENGT HOLBEK, DAVID HUNT, REIMUND KVIDELAND, PATRICIA LYSAGHT, NEIL PHILIP, JAMES RIORDAN, PAT SCHAEFER, TOM SHIPPEY, JOYCE THOMAS.

Details

302 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Paperback, 9781843840817, April 2006
Personal eBook, 9781782047377, October 2002
Hardback, 9780859917841, October 2002
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSRC, 1D, 2AB, 3H
BISAC SOC011000, LIT011000, LIT019000
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Table of Contents

The Interpretation of Fairy Tales - Derek S Brewer
Creativity and Tradition in the Fairy Tale - Neil Philip
The Ultimate Fairy Tale: Oral Transmission in a Literate World - Ruth Bottigheimer
A Workshop of Editorial Practice: the Grimms' Kinder- und Hausmärchen - David Blamires
Old Tales for New: Finding the First Fairy Tales - Graham Anderson
Helpers and Adversaries in Fairy Tales - Hilda Ellis Davidson ***DECEASED***
'Catch if you can': the Cumulative Tale - Joyce Thomas
Unknown Cinderella: The Contribution of Marian Roalfe Cox to the study of fairy tale - Pat Schaefer
Hans Christian Andersen's Use of Folktales - Bengt Holbek
Collecting and Study of Tales in Scandinavia - Reimund Kvideland
The Wonder Tale in Ireland - Patricia Lysaght
Welsh Folk Narrative and the Fairy Tale - Robin Gwyndaf
The Ossetic Oral Narrative Tradition; Fairy Tales in the Context of other forms of Traditional Literature - Anna Chaudhri
Russian Fairy Tales and their Collectors - James Riordan
Fairy Tale Motifs from the Caucasus - David Hunt
The Fairy Tale in South Asia: the same only different - Mary Brockington
Rewriting the Core: Transformations of the Fairy Tale in Contemporary Writing - T A Shippey

Reviews

Sometimes refreshingly inventive, sometimes simply confirming the well known, but, in its personal refractions, always stimulating, even for the cognoscenti. FABULA
Deploy(s) a detailed knowledge of publishing histories in the western world to give a fascinatingly fresh understanding of the lively interpretation of oral, literary and commercial traditions. SCHOOL LIBRARIAN JOURNAL
Offers an excellent introduction to the work currently and historically being done on fairy tales by folk-lorists. MEDIEVAL REVIEW
(A) collection to be greatly welcomed, as it brings together a diversity of material and discourse concerning the meaning of 'the fairy tale'.... Allows for a variety of viewpoints to be explored and the result is a deepening and a widening of knowledge and insight into this most eternal of art forms. BÉALOIDEAS

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