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

Jack Zipes


If there is one genre that has captured the imagination of people in all walks of life throughout the world, it is the fairy tale. Yet we still have great difficulty understanding how it originated, evolved, and spread—or why so many people cannot resist its appeal, no matter how it changes or what form it takes. This book presents a provocative new theory about why fairy tales were created and retold—and why they became such an indelible and infinitely adaptable part of cultures around the world. Drawing on cognitive science, evolutionary theory, anthropology, psychology, literary theory, and ... More

Keywords: fairy tale, ancient oral culture, literary culture, print, Catherine Breillat, Bluebeard

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691153384
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Zipes, author
University of Minnesota