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Fairy Tale

1st Edition

By Andrew Teverson


182 pages

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This volume offers a comprehensive critical and theoretical introduction to the genre of the fairy tale. It:

  • explores the ways in which folklorists have defined the genre
  • assesses the various methodologies used in the analysis and interpretation of fairy tale
  • provides a detailed account of the historical development of the fairy tale as a literary form
  • engages with the major ideological controversies that have shaped critical and creative approaches to fairy tales in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
  • demonstrates that the fairy tale is a highly metamorphic genre that has flourished in diverse media, including oral tradition, literature, film, and the visual arts.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Definitions 2. The Establishment of a Literary Genre 3. Critical Methodologies 4. Fairy Tales and Ideology in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 5. An Adaptable Genre: Multi-Media Fairy Tale Conclusion

About the Author/Editor

Andrew Teverson is Director of Studies for English Literature and Creative Writing at Kingston University London. He is author of Salman Rushdie (2007)

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature