Off With Their Heads

Off With Their Heads

Fairytales and the Culture of Childhood

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
Discusses how fairy tales became children's literature, and the occurrence of violence, cannibalism, and conflicts between parents and children in these stories

Princeton University Press

When 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.



Blackwell North Amer

When 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.



Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c1992
ISBN: 9780691069432
0691069433
Branch Call Number: 398.2 TAT
Characteristics: xxviii, 295 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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