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Off with Their Heads! By Maria Tatar

Off with Their Heads!
by Maria Tatar

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Exploring how adults mistreat children, this book focuses on adults not only as hostile characters in fairy tales themselves but also as real people who use frightening stories to discipline young listeners.
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Off with Their Heads!: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood by Maria Tatar

When Hansel and Gretel try to eat the witch's gingerbread house in the woods, are they indulging their "uncontrolled cravings" and "destructive desires" or are they simply responding normally to the hunger pangs they feel after being abandoned by their parents? Challenging Bruno Bettelheim and other critics who read fairy tales as enactments of children's untamed urges, Maria Tatar argues that it is time to stop casting the children as villians. In this provocative book she explores how adults mistreat children, focusing on adults not only as hostile characters in fairy tales themselves but also as real people who use frightening stories to discipline young listeners.

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Off with Their Heads! Reviews


Winner of the 1992 Book Prize in Literature, German Studies Association "As provocative and stimulating as her The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales, this book should give a salutary shock to everyone who brings children and tales together, convincing them that "every interpretation is a rewriting' and encouraging them "to identify what is transmitted in the stories we tell children.'"--Library Journal

About Maria Tatar


Maria Tatar is Professor of German Literature at Harvard University.

Table of Contents


List of IllustrationsPrefaceIRewritten by Adults: The Inscription of Children's Literature3II"Teaching Them a Lesson": The Pedagogy of Fear in Fairy Tales22IIIJust Desserts: Reward-and-Punishment Tales51IVWilhelm Grimm/Maurice Sendak: Dear Mili and the Art of Dying Happily Ever After70VDaughters of Eve: Fairy-Tale Heroines and Their Seven Sins94VITyranny at Home: "Catskin" and "Cinderella"120VIIBeauties and Beasts: From Blind Obedience to Love at First Sight140VIII"As Sweet as Love": Violence and the Fulfillment of Wishes163IXTable Matters: Cannibalism and Oral Greed190XTelling Differences: Parents vs. Children in "The Juniper Tree"212Epilogue: Reinvention through Intervention229Notes239Select Bibliography273Index289

Additional information

GOR004807323
Off with Their Heads!: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood by Maria Tatar
Maria Tatar
Used - Good
Paperback
Princeton University Press
1993-10-04
332
0691000883
9780691000886
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.