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Published: 23 October 2014

232 Pages | Approximately 20 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198718659

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Once Upon a Time

A Short History of Fairy Tale

Marina Warner

  • A lively and engaging exploration of fairy tales and their meaning
  • Considers fairy tale as both a genre and a literary form
  • Explores an array of classic and contemporary examples
  • Looks at the cultural, social, and political influence of fairy tales
  • Reveals how fairy tales use the characteristics of fantasy and the imagination
  • Highlights questions of gender, feminism, and psychoanalysis in the fairy tale tradition
  • Considers a number of visual interpretations on stage and screen