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Literary Criticism Children's Literature

Folk and Fairy Tales, fourth edition

An Introductory Anthology

edited by Martin Hallett & Barbara Karasek

Broadview Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2008
Children's Literature
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
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This anthology of folk and fairy tales brings together 52 stories from a range of historical and geographic traditions. Sections group tales together by theme or juxtapose variations of individual tales, inviting comparison and analysis across cultures and genres. An accessible section of critical selections provides a foundation for readers to analyze, debate, and interpret the tales for themselves. An expanded introduction by the editors looks at the history of folk and fairy tales and distinguishes between the genres, while revised introductions to individual sections provide more detailed history of particular tellers and tales, paying increased attention to the background and cultural origin of each tale. A selection of illustrations from editions of classic tales from the 19th to the 21st centuries is also included.

New to this edition: Criticism section expanded from 5 to 9 articles More modern and cross-cultural variations on classic tales like Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella Expanded discussion of illustrations Section on "Juxtapositions" compares classic and modern tales with related themes

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek teach at Acadia University and Vanier College, respectively. They have published articles and presented seminars on folk and fairy tales, and have been co-organizers of the Montreal Children's Literature Conference.

Editorial Reviews

"...superb selections, from original texts to upbeat contemporary versions, multicultural perspectives, excellent introductions and support materials—all in all, this is a model collection. I do love this book!"

Richard Beards

"Hallett and Karasek's fourth edition of Folk and Fairy Tales, an anthology of traditional tales and contemporary adaptations that spans contributions from Giambattista Basile to Tanith Lee, is a well-rounded and critically framed collection that is eminently suitable for classroom use."

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