Teaching Fairy Tales

Nancy L. Canepa (Editor) Jack Zipes (Contribution by)
& 25 more

Product Details

Wayne State University Press
Publish Date
March 11, 2019
7.0 X 0.96 X 10.0 inches | 1.81 pounds

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About the Author

Nancy Canepa is associate professor of Italian at Dartmouth College. Her publications include From Court to Forest: Giambattista Basile and the Birth of the Literary Fairy Tale (Wayne State University Press, 1999), Out of the Woods: The Origins of the Literary Fairy Tale in Italy and France (Wayne State University Press, 1997), and the translation of Giambattista Basile's The Tale of Tales (Wayne State University Press, 2007).


Combining theoretical and analytical depth with practical application, this book presents scholarship on teaching fairy tales mainly from American-based and American-trained academics, including established and emerging scholars. Many of the contributions are grounded in familiar material (Disney, the Grimms, Perrault), so the work is accessible for students and faculty not trained in fairy-tale studies, but there are enough unexpected stories and examples to keep specialists interested.-- (11/30/2018)
As the popularity of folk and fairy tale studies blossoms around the globe, this collection of essays will prove invaluable to educators and students alike. Canepa and her contributors have provided a comprehensive account of the field, rich in ideas, informed by cutting edge scholarship, and bursting with inspiring illustrations of pedagogical practice. They have also provided a timely case for the importance of socially and historically rigorous approaches to traditional narratives in the contemporary classroom, and, by extension, in the contemporary world. Without doubt, this collection will inform my own future practice as a teacher. It will also help my students better understand the value to themselves and to society of a critical appreciation of the stories of the past and our modern mediations of them.-- (11/30/2018)
Not the first, but certainly one of the best volumes to usher the fairytale from in front of the hearth to the classroom, offering detailed, erudite, and highly informative studies of this transitional process. Its valuable essays would function well in courses of folklore, comparative and specific literatures departments as well as in schools of education.-- (11/30/2018)
Teaching Fairy Tales will assist teachers at many educational levels in guiding students to defamiliarize popular tales, conduct critical readings, enjoy creative intellectual projects, and contextualize fairy tales in their sociohistorical, ideological, and cognitive conflicts and contributions to society. But don't take my word for it. Put it to use and enjoy it for yourself.-- (11/07/2019)
Teaching Fairy Tales is an inspiring volume and a testimony to Nancy Canepa's vision and scholarship. She brings together the voices of both world-leading and new scholars, thereby providing a wealth of material on the teaching of fairy tales that is original, creative and multidisciplinary. This volume is a major contribution to the field and a demonstration of the tremendous pedagogical significance of fairy-tale studies both within and beyond the context of the humanities.-- (11/01/2019)
Aimed at instructors of undergraduate classes, this book provides comprehensive guidance on using fairy tales to engage students and further critical inquiry and learning. The introductory section, "Foundations of Fairy-Tale Studies," provides historical and cultural context for fairy tales and introduces key issues in fairy tale studies by such notable figures as Donald Haase, Maria Tatar, and Jack Zipes. The second section of the book, "Teaching and Learning with Fairy Tales," comprises essays describing and addressing the teaching of fairy tales. Many include sample handouts and assignments, and an entire chapter consists of sample syllabi, all of which serve as useful and practical examples for instructors who want to incorporate fairy tales into their classrooms. The contributors hail from a variety of disciplines, including English, French, German, and Italian literature, as well as classical studies, economics, and education, each one representing different approaches to fairy tales and to teaching. While the book focuses on college and university instructors, the variety of contexts and methods would be of interest to any undergraduate or graduate student interested in fairy tale studies.-- (02/01/2020)