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Cinderella: A Casebook (Garland Folklore Casebooks) [Paperback]

Giambattista Basile , Charles Perrault , Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm , W. R. S. Ralston , E. Sidney Hartland , R. D. Jameson , Photeine P. Bourboulis , Paul Delarue , Archer Taylor , Alan Dundes
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December 15, 1988 Garland Folklore Casebooks (Book 3)

Covering a period of more than one hundred years of work by renowned folklorists, these enlightening essays explore the timeless tale of Cinderella. In addition to the most famous versions of the story (Basile’s Pentamerone, Perrault’s Cendrillon, and the Grimm’s Aschenputtel), this casebook includes articles on other versions of the tale from Russian, English, Chinese, Greek and French folklore. The volume concludes with several interpretive essays, including a psychoanalytic view from Dundes and a critique of the popularization of Cinderella in America.

“Folklorists, scholars of children’s literature, and feminists should appreciate particularly the wide scope of this collection .  .  .  now in paperback with an updated Bibliographical Addendum. . . . Most helpful are the two-page introductions to each variant and to each essay which include a brief overview of the historical times as well as suggested additional sources for more discussion.”—Danny Rochman, Folklore Forum

“A milestone, a near complete source of primary and secondary materials.  .  .  .  The selected analytical writing include definitive classic and new discoveries, covering the whole range of methodological modes and theoretical perspectives from early forms and typology to myth-ritual, social-historical, anthropological, and psychoanalytical readings.  The annotated bibliography is most helpful, illuminating, and comprehensive, encompassing publications in other Western languages and works by Asianists.”—Chieko Mulhern, Asian Folklore Studies

“One can imagine several dimensions on which psychoanalysts might find such a collection interesting: as examples of applied psychoanalysis, in relation to philosophical and cultural examination of imaginative material, in relation to child development, and in the correlations between folktales of a particular culture and individual histories.”—Kerry Kelly Novick, Psychoanalytic Quarterly

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“I cannot imagine any student of folklore without this book.”—Jack Zipes, University of Florida

About the Author

Alan Dundes (1934–2005) was professor of anthropology and folklore at the University of California, Berkeley, and published ten books with the University of Wisconsin Press, including Parsing Through Customs: Essays by a Freudian Folklorist; The Vampire: A Casebook; The Blood Libel Legend; and The Cockfight.: A Casebook. He was also the editor of Recollecting Freud by Isidor Sadger.

Product Details

  • Series: Garland Folklore Casebooks (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Wisconsin Press (December 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299118649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299118648
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Guide to Cinderella April 20, 2000
This is an excellent collection of articles on the fairytale Cinderella. My particular favorite is Dundes' own article on the origins of the story we've come to know as King Lear in one of the early Cinderella variants. For anyone interested in the history and criticism of fairytales, this is an excellent book with many different view points on various versions of Cinderella.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of Cinderella knowledge July 21, 2012
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While taking a literary theory class in school last semester in which among other things we discussed the significance of Fairy Tales in Literature my professor recommended I read this book. After I explained that although the significance of Fairy Tales in cultures all over the world has always fascinated me none have done so more than Cinderella. This book not only gives samples and excerpts of the Fairy Tale from all over the world, including the tale's origins in ancient China but also a critical analysis of the tale which really didn't start until the Victorian Age. You don't really know Cinderella and her many counterparts until you've read this book. i wish case studies of other tales and famous works had even half the depth of this well conceived book.
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