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European fairy tales from the Renaissance to the late Victorian era : the child of the fairy tale / Mehrdad F. Samadzadeh.
Samadzadeh, Mehrdad F., 1956-
New York, NY : Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 
xiv, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
History and criticism
Children in literature
"This book explores the interplay of childhood and the fairy tale as they both changed character in accordance with the historical transformations of the mid-nineteenth century. While the fairy tale was instrumental in the social construction of childhood, the latter on its part played an equally crucial role in altering the narrative structure of the fairy tale. So viewed, the story of childhood is closely intertwined with the fairy tale, and both with modernity as it changed its focus with the changing direction of the civilizing process. The liberating potential of modernity emerges when a broad spectrum of the marginalized, including children begin to assert themselves and gain recognition as independent subjects of historical inquiry"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The Child as a Historical Subject -- From FolkTales to Fairy Tales -- The Changing Character of Fairy Tales -- From Straparola to Perrault -- The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm and the Political Socialization of Children in the Age of Nationalism -- The Escape from Innocence: Contradictions of Modern Childhood.
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