October 10, 2012

Utopian Tendencies of Oddly Modern Fairy Tales with Jack Zipes

"Jack Zipes is one of the worlds leading authorities on fairy tales, writing about and translating them. An internationally renowned scholar and author of more than 50 books on many subjects, he has through his writings transformed research on fairy tales, particularly with respect to how they function in the socialization of readers. Jack Zipes is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota." ~Link

"Jack David Zipes is an American retired Professor of German at the University of Minnesota, who has published and lectured on the subject of fairy tales, their evolution, and their social and political role in civilizing processes. 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 critical theory of the Frankfurt School and more recently theories of cultural evolution.

Jack Zipes started off received a B.A. in Political Sience (1959), and a M.A. in English and Comparative literature at Columbia University, (1960). From there, Zipes studied at the University of Munich in 1962 and the University of Tübingen in 1963. He completed a PhD in comparative literature at Columbia University in 1965. Zipes taught at various institutions before heading the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota. He has translated the complete fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm."

Books by Jack Zipes

Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales, 1979

Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion: The Classical Genre for Children and the Process of Civilization, 1985

The Complete Fairy Tales of Brothers Grimm, 1987

Beauties, Beasts and Enchantments: Classic French Fairy Tales, 1989

The Operated Jew, 1991

Fairy Tale As Myth Myth As Fairy Tale, 1994

Creative Storytelling: Building Community/Changing Lives, 1995

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children and the Culture Industry, 1997

Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter, 2000

The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World, 2002

The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World, 2003

Speaking Out: Storytelling and Creative Drama for Children, 2004

Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre, 2006

Literature and Literary Theory Bundle RC: Fairy Tales and the Art of Subcersion, 2011

The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre, 2012

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