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Old 06-30-2013, 08:45 AM   #1
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books about fairy tales

I'm not looking for collections of fairy tales, but rather a history of the genre, or books analyzing them. I've just finished Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment, for example, but would like more non-Freudian viewpoints.

I should add, I've got the Tolkien book "on fairy tales" - is that considered definitive, or are there others I should read?

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Sorry, I only know "warped" takes on fairy tales rather than serious analysis.
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Here are a couple books I can recommend:
From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers by Marina Warner

No Go, the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock by Marina Warner

Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes

There are a lot of good articles on the archive for The Journal of Mythic Arts.
The articles usually cite a number of books for further reading.
http://endicottstudio.typepad.com/ar...t/fairy_tales/

I especially liked the one on Red Riding Hood:
http://www.endicott-studio.com/rdrm/rrPathNeedles.html

I hope you find this useful.
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Marie-Louise von Franz wrote many books on the interpretation of fairy tales. Probably easiest to check your local libraries, Amazon, or ABEbooks to see what you can find. She was a long time associate of Carl Jung, so definitely not Freudian. Some of her work can be somewhat difficult, but not nearly as difficult as those of Jung's works intended for his psychoanalytic peers.
At a guess, Tolkien's book might be from a literature viewpoint, while von Franz is definitely psychoanalytic.
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