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RoseRed81
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(2/20/07 11:39 am)


Schools of Thought - an overview?
I've always been into folk/fairy tales, but have never had any formal education. I was wondering: is there any definitive introductory work that would give me a good overview of the different schools of interpretation? I've read through the introductory material here and it's fabulous; I just want something that will introduce me to some theory.

Heidi Anne Heiner
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(2/20/07 1:40 pm)


Re: Schools of Thought - an overview?
A great place to start off is an entry in The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales titled "Approaches to the Literary Fairy Tale" (pages 17-21). It covers six of the majors schools of thought and their primary academics and writings.

The major schools include:

1. Folkloricist (Aarne, Thompson)
2. Structuralism (Vladimir Propp)
3. Literary Approaches (Max Luthi)
4. Psychoanalysis: Jungian and Freudian (Bettelheim and von Franz)
5. Historicist, Sociological and Ideological (Zipes, Bottigheimer, Tatar)
6. Feminist (Warner, Bottigheimer, Tatar)

Zipes, Jack, ed. The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales. Oxford: Oxford University, 2000.
Amazon.com: Buy the book in paperback.

Hint: Amazon lets you read a limited number of pages of the book online, too.

SurLaLune tries to incorporate information from all of these major schools of thought. I'm weakest on structuralism, so SurLaLune is weakest there, too. But all of the others should be pretty well represented in the annotations and bibliographies.

Heidi

RoseRed81
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(2/20/07 2:48 pm)


Perfect.
Thank you Heidi, I'll definitely be ordering that for my library. I just ordered A Companion to Fairy Tales, and I wanted to be sure I understood the different schools of thought before I delved into the essays.

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