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

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Description


When Hansel and Gretel try to eat the witch's gingerbread house in the woods, are they indulging their "uncontrolled cravings" and "destructive desires" or are they simply responding normally to the hunger pangs they feel after being abandoned by their parents? Challenging Bruno Bettelheim and other critics who read fairy tales as enactments of children's untamed urges, Maria Tatar argues that it is time to stop casting the children as villians. In this provocative book she explores how adults mistreat children, focusing on adults not only as hostile characters in fairy tales themselves but also as real people who use frightening stories to discipline young listeners.

About the Author


Maria Tatar is Professor of German Literature at Harvard University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780691000886
ISBN-10: 0691000883
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: December 19th, 1993
Pages: 328
Language: English