Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion

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Oct 03

“About twenty years ago, a German scholar predicted that the fairy tale would lose its vital utopian significance in the twentieth century because the only writing, given the atrocities of the past century, that could be taken seriously had to be dystopian. There is a certain truth to this argument, but if one believes in civilization and in the virtues of civility, the fairy tale continues to play a role in the civilizing process, not just as trivial amusement, but, more important, as a subversive alternative to a process that has lost its touch with humanity.”

Jack Zipes, preface to the second edition of Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion.

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