Off with Their Heads
Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood
By (author) Maria Tatar
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Off with Their Heads by Maria Tatar
Book DescriptionWhen 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691000886
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 4-Oct-1993
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Maria Tatar
Classic Fairy Tales, Paperback (January 2017)
"I have used this textbook for four courses on children's literature with enrollments of over ninety students. It is without doubt the most well organized selection of literary fairy tales and critical commentaries currently available. Students love it." -Lita Barrie, California State University, Los Angeles
Turnip Princess, Paperback (April 2015)
A volume, in which, the holy trinity of fairy tales - the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Andersen - becomes a quartet.
Cambridge Companion to Fairy Tales, Paperback (December 2014)» View all books by Maria Tatar
An international team of scholars explores the historical origins, cultural dissemination and continuing literary and psychological power of fairy tales.
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