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The Irresistible Fairy TaleThe Cultural and Social History of a Genre$
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Jack Zipes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153384

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153384.001.0001

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Giuseppe Pitrè and the Great Collectors of Folk Tales in the Nineteenth Century

Giuseppe Pitrè and the Great Collectors of Folk Tales in the Nineteenth Century

(p.109) 6 Giuseppe Pitrè and the Great Collectors of Folk Tales in the Nineteenth Century
The Irresistible Fairy Tale

Jack Zipes

Princeton University Press

This chapter continues the examination of neglected stories and collectors of folk tales. It explores the significance of collections in Germany, France, Italy, and other European countries that led to a greater cultural interest in folklore. In England, after the foundation of the British Folklore Society, a great effort was also made by British and American folklorists to translate folk tales from other countries, such as India, China, Japan, and Africa. Yet their full impact has never been appreciated because the majority of the European folk-tale collections have not been translated or studied in English-speaking countries. For instance, until recently, one of the most exceptional of the great nineteenth-century European and American folklorists, Pitrè, was ignored. The chapter considers his life and works to demonstrate how he is an exemplary representative of those learned, dedicated folklorists who tried to make the past usable so that we might learn something about ourselves.

Keywords:   fairy tales, folklorists, folk tales, folklore, Giuseppe Pitrè, British Folklore Society

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