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Smack-Bam, or The Art of Governing Men: Political Fairy Tales of Edouard Laboulaye

Smack-Bam, or The Art of Governing Men: Political Fairy Tales of Edouard Laboulaye (EPUB ebook)

By Laboulaye, Edouard

Wry political fairy tales from a nineteenth-century politician that speak to our current times Edouard Laboulaye (1811-1883), one of nineteenth-century France's most prominent politicians and an instrumental figure in establishing the Statue of Liberty, was also a prolific writer... of fairy tales. Smack-Bam, or The Art of Governing Men brings together sixteen of Laboulaye's most artful stories in new translations. Filled with biting social commentary and strong notions of social justice, these rediscovered tales continue to impart lessons today. Inspired by folktales from such places as Estonia, Germany, Iceland, and Italy, Laboulaye's deceptively entertaining stories explore the relationships between society and the ruling class. In "Briam the Fool," the hero refuses the queen's hand after he kills the king. In "Zerbino the Bumpkin," the king and prime minister are idiots, while the king's daughter runs away with a woodcutter to an enchanted island. And in the title story, "Smack-Bam, or The Art of Governing Men," a superficial prince is schooled by a middle-class woman who smacks him when he won't engage in his lessons and follows him across Europe until he falls in love with her. In these worlds, shallow aristocrats come to value liberty, women are as assertive and intelligent as men, and protagonists experience compassion as they learn of human suffering. With an introduction by leading fairy-tale scholar Jack Zipes that places Laboulaye's writing in historical context, Smack-Bam, or The Art of Governing Men presents spirited tales from the past that speak to contemporary life.
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ISBN 9780691184487
Published 13 Nov 2018
Publisher Princeton University Pre
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en
Series Oddly Modern Fairy Tales (part: 21)

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ISBN-13 9780691184487
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 13 Nov 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Laboulaye, Edouard
Series Oddly Modern Fairy Tales (part: 21)
Category Myths & Legends
Fairy Tales, Fables & Traditional Stories
Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Myths & Mythology
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 843.8
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text Children/juvenile