The tale of Sleeping Beauty goes back a thousand years. Probe the deeper implications of our current national obsession with fairy tales as you journey back in time to Sleeping Beauty's earliest appearance in the marketplaces of Baghdad. Trace the fascinating evolution of the tale over hundreds of years as it travels through Europe, to land here in the 21st century.
Author: Jack Zipes
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Literary Criticism
If there is one genre that has captured the imagination of people in all walks of life throughout the world, it is the fairy tale. Yet we still have great difficulty understanding how it originated, evolved, and spread--or why so many people cannot resist its appeal, no matter how it changes or what form it takes. In this book, renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes presents a provocative new theory about why fairy tales were created and retold--and why they became such an indelible and infinitely adaptable part of cultures around the world. Drawing on cognitive science, evolutionary theory, anthropology, psychology, literary theory, and other fields, Zipes presents a nuanced argument about how fairy tales originated in ancient oral cultures, how they evolved through the rise of literary culture and print, and how, in our own time, they continue to change through their adaptation in an ever-growing variety of media. In making his case, Zipes considers a wide range of fascinating examples, including fairy tales told, collected, and written by women in the nineteenth century; Catherine Breillat's film adaptation of Perrault's "Bluebeard"; and contemporary fairy-tale drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photographs that critique canonical print versions. While we may never be able to fully explain fairy tales, The Irresistible Fairy Tale provides a powerful theory of how and why they evolved--and why we still use them to make meaning of our lives.
In his latest book, fairy tales expert Jack Zipes explores the question of why some fairy tales "work" and others don't, why the fairy tale is uniquely capable of getting under the skin of culture and staying there. Why, in other words, fairy tales "stick." Long an advocate of the fairy tale as a serious genre with wide social and cultural ramifications, Jack Zipes here makes his strongest case for the idea of the fairy tale not just as a collection of stories for children but a profoundly important genre. Why Fairy Tales Stick contains two chapters on the history and theory of the genre, followed by case studies of famous tales (including Cinderella, Snow White, and Bluebeard), followed by a summary chapter on the problematic nature of traditional storytelling in the twenty-first century.
Over the last few decades, anime has consistently come into fruitful contact with themes, images and symbols associated with the fairy tale tradition. This critical text focuses on the ways in which fundamental principles of the fairy tale tradition are deployed, and hence come to manifest themselves narratively and cinematographically, in anime. Topics covered include modes of storytelling, aesthetics, as well as dramatic, ethical, psychological and social considerations. Of particular interest is the way in which allegorical commentaries on cultural and historical issues are illustrated in anime.
Author: Mark Booth
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2014-02-11
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
This collection of stories and illustrations—all about the wonders of the spiritual realm—takes you on a captivating ride from the great myths of ancient civilization to astounding discoveries of the modern era. Written by the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret History of the World, The Sacred History takes you on a captivating journey through the great myths of ancient civilizations to the astounding discoveries of the modern era. The Sacred History is the epic story of human interaction with angels and other forms of higher intelligence, starting from Creation all the way through to the operations of the supernatural in the modern world. What emerges is an alternative history of great men and women, guided by angels or demons, and the connection between modern-day mystics and their ancient counterparts. This spellbinding historical narrative brings together great figures—such as Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Elijah, Mary and Jesus, and Mohammed—and stories from African, Native American, and Celtic traditions. Woven into this is an amazing array of mystical connections, including the surprising roots not only of astrology and alternative medicine but also of important literary and artistic movements, aspects of mainstream science and religion and a wide range of cultural references that takes in modern cinema, music and literature. This is a book of true stories, but it is also a book about stories. It shows how they can tell us things about the deep structure of the human experience that are sometimes forgotten, revealing mysterious and mystic patterns, and helping us to see the operation of the supernatural in our own lives.
Author: Kala Ambrose
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Release Date: 2011-11-08
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Humanity is entering a new era—we are evolving into super-powered beings of light. Our auric energy bodies are experiencing a transformational shift as new crystalline structures form within and around our auras. Kala Ambrose, a respected wisdom teacher, intuitive, and oracle, teaches how to connect with your rapidly changing energy body to expand your awareness and capabilities on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. This groundbreaking guide contains a wealth of practical exercises, diagrams, and instructions that show you how to use this transformative energy to create powerful positive change in your own life and in the world. Repair the aura and maintain a balanced, healthy energy body Interpret and work with the auras of infants, children, and teens Understand energy cords and how they attach in relationships Sense and balance energy in buildings and natural locations Sense and communicate with spirit guides in the aura Use elemental energy to enhance your auric field Understand the impact of thoughts and emotions on the aura Access the akashic records through the auric layers Remove negative thought forms in the aura Create powerful protective fields in the aura for psychic protection Praise: "Kala is an amazing metaphysical teacher, with a deep understanding of her subject. In this well-written, personal, and heart-felt book, she reveals the secrets of the auric field, its power and meaning. This is a very useful and easy-to-understand guide." —Amy Zerner and Monte Farber, authors of The Soulmate Path, and the Chakra Meditation Kit
George MacDonald occupied a major position in the intellectual life of his Victorian contemporaries. This volume brings together all eleven of his shorter fairy stories as well as his essay "The Fantastic Imagination". The subjects are those of traditional fantasy: good and wicked fairies, children embarking on elaborate quests, and journeys into unsettling dreamworlds. Within this familiar imaginative landscape, his children's stories were profoundly experimental, questioning the association of childhood with purity and innocence, and the need to separate fairy tale wonder from adult scepticism and disbelief.
Despite growing scholary recognition of subversive social and political content in Victorian fairy tails,their significance in relation to the oft-cited Victorian "spiritual crisis" remains largely unexplored.