Jack Zipes

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Jack David Zipes is an American retired Professor of German at the University of Minnesota, who has published and lectured on the subject of fairy tales, their evolution, and their social and political role in civilizing processes. According to Zipes, fairy tales "serve a meaningful social function, not just for compensation but for revelation: the worlds projected by the best of our fairy tales reveal the gaps between truth and falsehood in our immediate society." His arguments are avowedly based on the critical theory of the Frankfurt School and more recently theories of cultural evolution.

Education and positions[edit]

Jack Zipes completed a B.A. in Political Science (1959), and a M.A. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, (1960). From there, Zipes studied at the University of Munich in 1962 and the University of Tübingen in 1963. He completed a PhD in comparative literature at Columbia University in 1965. Zipes taught at various institutions before heading the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota. He has translated the complete 1857 edition of fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. He is also currently translating the first edition of 1812 and 1815.[1]

Books by Jack Zipes[edit]

  • Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales, 1979
  • Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion: The Classical Genre for Children and the Process of Civilization, 1985
  • The Complete Fairy Tales of Brothers Grimm, 1987
  • Beauties, Beasts and Enchantments: Classic French Fairy Tales, 1989
  • The Operated Jew, 1991
  • Fairy Tale As Myth Myth As Fairy Tale, 1994
  • Creative Storytelling: Building Community/Changing Lives, 1995
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children and the Culture Industry, 1997
  • Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter, 2000
  • The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World, 2002
  • The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World, 2003
  • Speaking Out: Storytelling and Creative Drama for Children, 2004
  • Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre, 2006
  • Literature and Literary Theory: Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, 2011
  • The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre, 2012

Books Edited by Jack Zipes[edit]

  • Don't Bet on the Prince: Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England, 1987
  • Victorian Fairy Tales: The Revolt of the Fairies and Elves
  • Fairy Tales and Fables from Weimer Days, 1990
  • Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture, 1991
  • The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood, 1993
  • Outspoken Princess and the Gentle Knight: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales, 1994
  • Yale Companion to Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture, 1096-1996, 1997
  • When Dreams Come True, 1998
  • The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales, 2000
  • The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm, 2001
  • Italian Popular Tales, 2001
  • Unlikely History: The Changing German-Jewish Symbiosis, 1945-2000, 2002
  • Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture
  • Myth, Symbol, and Meaning in Mary Poppins Children's Literature and Culture, 2006
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (4 Volume Set), 2006
  • Beauties, Beasts and Enchantments: Classic French Fairy Tales, 2009
  • The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy Tale Films, 2010
  • Aesop's Fables, 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ A recent interview

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