Off with Their Heads!: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood

Off with Their Heads!: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood

ISBN: 0691000883

ISBN 13: 9780691000886

Publication Date: October 24, 1993

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 328

Format: Paperback

Author: Maria Tatar

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When fairy tales moved from workrooms, taverns, and the fireside into the nursery, they not only lost much of their irreverent, earthy humor but were also deprived of their contestatory stance to official culture. Children's literature, Maria Tatar maintains, has always been more intent on producing docile minds than playful bodies.

From its inception, it has openly endorsed a productive discipline that condemns idleness and disobedience along with most forms of social resistance. In this book she explores how Perrault, the Grimms, and others reshaped fairy tales to produce conciliatory literary texts that dedicate themselves to the project of socializing the child.

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