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Ancient Fairy and Folk Tales: An Anthology

Ancient Fairy and Folk Tales: An Anthology (Hardback)

By Anderson, Graham

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This anthology explores the multitude of evidence for recognisable fairy tales drawn from sources in the much older cultures of the ancient world, appearing much earlier than the 17th century where awareness of most fairy tales tends to begin. It presents versions of Cinderella, ...The Emperor's New Clothes, Snow White, The Frog Prince and a host of others where the similarities to familiar modern versions far outweigh the differences. Here we find Cinderella as a courtesan, Snow White coming to a tragic end, or an innocent heroine murdering her sisters. We find an emperor's new clothes where the flatterers compare him to Alexander the Great, or a pair of adulterers caught in a magic trap. Tantalising fragments suggest that there is more to be discovered: we can point to a Sleeping Beauty where the girl takes on the green colouring of the surrounding wood, or we encounter a Rumpelstiltskin connected to a mystery cult. The overall picture suggests a much richer texture of popular tale as a fascinating new legacy of antiquity. This volume breaks down the traditional barriers between Classical Mythology and the fairy tale, and will be an invaluable resource for anyone working on the history of fairy tales and folklore.
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ISBN 9781138361782
Released NZ 27 Dec 2019
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781138361782
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Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Released 27 Dec 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Anderson, Graham
Category Literature: History & Criticism
Literary Studies: Classical, Early & Medieval
Children's Literature Studies: General
Collections & Anthologies Of Various Literary Forms
World History: BCE To C 500 CE
Number of Pages 214
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 398.209
Weight 454g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Fairy tales - History and criticism, Folklore - History
NBS Text Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous
ONIX Text College/higher education