Introduction Maria Tatar; 1. Fairy tales, copyright, and the public domain Valdimar Hafstein; 2. Female tricksters as double agents Maria Tatar; 3. While beauty sleeps Shuli Barzilai; 4. Fairy-tale adaptations and economies of desire Cristina Bacchilega; 5. Fairy-tale symbolism Francisco Vaz da Silva; 6. Trickster heroes in 'The Boy Who Steals the Ogre's Treasure' Nancy Canepa; 7. Exploring empathy and ethics in 'Tales about Three Brothers' Maria Nikolajeva; 8. The creation of Cinderella from Basile to the Brothers Grimm Armando Maggi; 9. The soul music of 'The Juniper Tree' Stephen Benson; 10. Sex, crime, magic, and mystery in the One Thousand and One Nights Ulrich Marzolph; 11. Media-hyping of fairy tales Jack Zipes; 12. Transformations of E. T. A. Hoffmann's Tales from Hawthorne to Oz Holly Blackford.
An international team of scholars explores the historical origins, cultural dissemination and continuing literary and psychological power of fairy tales.
Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature and chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, Massachusetts. She is author of The Annotated Brothers Grimm (2012), Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood (2009) and other volumes.