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Ancient Fairy and Folk Tales: An Anthology
 

Ancient Fairy and Folk Tales: An Anthology (Paperback)

By Anderson, Graham

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    27 Dec 19

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, ... read full description below.

ISBN 9781138361799
Barcode 9781138361799
Release Date 27 December 2019 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781138361799
ISBN-10 1138361798
Stock Release date is 27 December 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Release Date 27 December 2019
International Release Date 6 December 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Anderson, Graham
Category Literature: History & Criticism
Literary Theory
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 224
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Folklore - History, Fairy tales - History and Critism
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 398.209
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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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UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Graham Anderson is Emeritus Professor of Classics in the University of Kent. He has written extensively on ancient folk and fairy tale, including Fairytale in the Ancient World (2000) and Greek and Roman Folklore: A Handbook (2006). His most recent publication is Fantasy in Greek and Roman Literature (Routledge, 2019). He is currently working on a study entitled The Pepaideumenos and his World: Intellectuals in the Roman Empire.

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