By Jack Zipes
From its historical roots within the oral culture to the postmodernist reworkings of the current day, the fairy story has retained its strong carry over the cultural mind's eye of Europe and North the USA. Now The Oxford better half to Fairy Tales presents the 1st authoritative reference resource for this advanced, appealing style.
With greater than 800 entries written via a staff of sixty seven experts from all over the world, the Companion bargains an illuminating examine the vintage stories themselves, either historical and smooth, from Jack and Jill and Cinderella to Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of ounces. The individuals additionally profile the writers who wrote or remodeled those luminous stories, in addition to the illustrators, film-makers, choreographers, and composers who've been concerned with growing or reading them. The Companion additionally covers such similar issues as movie, artwork, opera, ballet, tune, even ads. An introductory evaluation by means of Jack Zipes units the topic in its historic and literary context, and distinctive survey articles discover the improvement of the fairy-tale culture in person nations, focusing quite at the ecu and North American traditions. the amount incorporates a specified bibliography, to help in additional learn into this interesting topic.
Strikingly illustrated with 70 attractive photographs, from early engravings to 20th-century movie stills, this is often a necessary significant other for everybody who loves fairy stories and storytelling.
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Extra info for The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales
Anybody wishing to sell a product would want to describe it in such a way that purchasers or consumers would thank their good fortune if they could obtain it. Fairy tales have as their basis this wish for happiness and bliss, where all wishes come true, and where everybody lives happily ever after. By using traditional fairy-tale motifs and by adapt ing them to the modern world of consumerism and the instantaneous gratification syndrome, advertising agencies create the perfect medium with the irresistible message.
From the beginning I could not have done without the advice of all the contributing editors who helped conceive the lists and provided me with wise counsel. Last but not least I want to thank everyone at the Oxford University Press for their tireless efforts to assist me. Michael Cox provided the initial spark for the project. Pam Coote and Alison Jones were always helpful and patient, and they constantly gave me sound editorial advice. Wendy Tuckey made certain that there was some semblance of order as the work developed.
The commercial success was so great that Disney used the same cinematic devices and ideological messages in his next three fairy-tale films Pinocchio (1940), Cinderella (1950), and Sleeping Beauty (1959). After his death, the Disney formula has not changed much, and even the most recent films such as The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and Mulan (1998) follow a traditional pat tern of a 'good' young man or woman, who finds some magical means to help himself or herself against sinister forces.
The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes