(9/9/02 6:29:44 pm)
| Looking for direction...|
I'm writing a paper for University and I'm after some resources which might steer me in the right direction. I'm arguing that traditional fairy tales are relevant to kids these days - but that modern versions of fairy tales don't really capture the essence of the traditional tales. Therefore kids should be exposed to the original fairy tales.
Thanks a bunch!
(9/9/02 6:51:48 pm)
| Does anyone else ever have those moments....|
... moments when they realize that they are unofficial apostles of the First Church of Zipes? I'd recommend, well, frankly, most of his work, but in particular, _Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry_ and _Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter. Do not, under any circumstances, fail to consult Jane Yolen's _Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie, and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood_. It's invaluable - so many of the little details tend to ferment in the back of your brain, coming in handy at the most inexpliable moments, and I'd warrent that it's probably given rise to more good introductions and conclusions than anyone could count - the concept is so very, very apt. Terri Windling has written some wonderful essays on this topic, which can be found, variously, in the Forum of the Endicott Studio website, and in the introductions to the books of the Fairy Tale series (though they approach the issue from a slightly different slant ... that the material lends itself well to reinterpretation, but that bowdlerization isn't the way to go, and that the value of the original versions is eternal). And, finally, though you may or may not agree with his views on particular tales - Bettelheim. Good luck!
(9/9/02 10:45:36 pm)
While you devour Bettleheim, make sure your salt shaker is handy and filled with great chunks--not grains--of salt!
(9/12/02 12:34:09 am)
| Re: Salt|
I know what you mean about Bettelheim. What a farce. I remember disliking him passionately the first time I came across him a few years ago, and I've got to admit my opinion hasn't changed much. I'll use some snippets from 'Uses of Enchantment' though.
Thanks for your guidance. I'm a big fan of Zipes already - and have found some good ideas from the texts you suggested.