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Fairy Tales and Fables from Weimar Days

Collected Utopian Tales / New and Revised Edition

Editors: Zipes, Jack (Ed.)

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  • Presents a fascinating and accessible collection edited and translated by the world's leading expert on fairy tales
  • Updates the previous edition with a revised introduction, 3 new tales and over 50 new illustrations
  • Includes translations of work by a range of noted Weimar writers including Kurt Schwitters
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About this book

This book is a collection of traditional German fairy tales and fables, deliberately transformed into utopian narratives and social commentary by political activists in the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). Against a backdrop of financial and political instability, widespread homelessness, and the reformation of public institutions, numerous gifted writers such as Berta Lask, Kurt Schwitters, Hermynia zur Mühlen, Oskar Maria Graf, Bruno Schönlank, and Joachim Ringelnatz responded to the need for hope among the common people by creating fairy tales and fables that offered a new and critical vision of social conditions. Though many of their tales deal with the grim situation of common people and their apparent helplessness, they are founded on the principle of hope. This revised edition includes over 50 illustrations by contemporary international artists who reveal how similar the Weimar conditions were to the conditions in which we presently live. In this respect, the Weimar fairy tales and fables have not lost their spirit and significance.

About the authors

Jack Zipes is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, USA. Some of his recent publications include: Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre (2006), The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films (2010), and Grimm Legacies: The Magic Power of Fairy Tales (2014).

Reviews

“This collection of thirty literary stories in the genre of fairy tales, assembled and translated by Jack Zipes, offers a good read to anyone who enjoys stories. … This collection of stories is enjoyable also because of the smooth translations. … The tales collected and presented in this volume are important for scholars of literature as well as of folktales, fairy tales, and fables. The volume is also meant for the simple pleasure of reading inspiring stories” (Sadhana Naithani, Journal of Folklore Research, April, 2019)

“Its creative wave of tales, some playful, some ironic, some wrenchingly utopian, speaks directly to the world we find ourselves in today.” (Jo Radner, Storytelling Magazine, 2018)

Table of contents (31 chapters)

Table of contents (31 chapters)
  • Recovering the Utopian Spirit of Fairy Tales and Fables from the Weimar Republic

    Pages 3-26

    Zipes, Jack

  • Happiness (1925)

    Pages 29-32

    Schwitters, Kurt

  • A Fairy Tale About God and Kings (1921)

    Pages 33-35

    Ewald, Carl

  • The Giant and His Suit of Armour (1920)

    Pages 37-40

    Hoernle, Edwin

  • The Boy Who Wanted to Fight with a Dragon (1921)

    Pages 41-45

    Lask, Berta

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eBook 29,74 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-69275-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 36,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-69274-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fairy Tales and Fables from Weimar Days
Book Subtitle
Collected Utopian Tales / New and Revised Edition
Editors
  • Jack Zipes
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69275-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69275-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-69274-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 250
Number of Illustrations
64 b/w illustrations
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