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Folk and Fairy Tales - Fourth Edition 

Folk and Fairy Tales - Fourth Edition

Edited by: Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek

4th Edition

Publication Date: October 30, 2008
416pp • Paperback
ISBN: 9781551118987 / 155111898X

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This anthology of folk and fairy tales brings together 52 stories from a range of historical and geographic traditions. Sections group tales together by theme or juxtapose variations of individual tales, inviting comparison and analysis across cultures and genres. An accessible section of critical selections provides a foundation for readers to analyze, debate, and interpret the tales for themselves. An expanded introduction by the editors looks at the history of folk and fairy tales and distinguishes between the genres, while revised introductions to individual sections provide more detailed history of particular tellers and tales, paying increased attention to the background and cultural origin of each tale. A selection of illustrations from editions of classic tales from the 19th to the 21st centuries is also included.

New to this edition:
Criticism section expanded from 5 to 9 articles
More modern and cross-cultural variations on classic tales like Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella
Expanded discussion of illustrations
Section on "Juxtapositions" compares classic and modern tales with related themes


"...superb selections, from original texts to upbeat contemporary versions, multicultural perspectives, excellent introductions and support materials—all in all, this is a model collection. I do love this book!" - Richard Beards, Temple University

"Hallett and Karasek's fourth edition of Folk and Fairy Tales, an anthology of traditional tales and contemporary adaptations that spans contributions from Giambattista Basile to Tanith Lee, is a well-rounded and critically framed collection that is eminently suitable for classroom use." - Kristiana Willsey, Project MUSE

Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek teach at Acadia University and Vanier College, respectively. They have published articles and presented seminars on folk and fairy tales, and have been co-organizers of the Montreal Children's Literature Conference.

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Little Red Riding Hood

  1. Paul Delarue, "The Story of Grandmother"
  2. Charles Perrault, "Little Red Riding Hood"
  3. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Little Red Cap"
  4. Isabelle Chang, "The Chinese Red Riding Hoods"
  5. Patricia McKissack, "Flossie and the Fox"
  6. David McPhail, "Little Red Riding Hood"
  7. Angela Carter, "The Company of Wolves"
  8. Francesca Lia Block, "Wolf"
  9. Tim Seibles, "What Bugs Bunny Said to Red Riding Hood"

Sleeping Beauty

  1. Giambattista Basile, "Sun, Moon, and Talia"
  2. Charles Perrault, "The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood"
  3. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Brier Rose"
  4. Italo Calvino, "The Neapolitan Soldier"
  5. Arabian Nights, "The Ninth Captain's Tale"
  6. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "Sleeping Beauty and the Airplane"
  7. Wilfred Owen, "The Sleeping Beauty"


  1. Charles Perrault, "Cinderella"
  2. Aleksandr Afanas'ev, "Vasilisa the Beautiful"
  3. Joseph Jacobs, "Cap o' Rushes"
  4. Cyrus Macmillan, "The Indian Cinderella"
  5. Robert D. Sans Souci, "Little Gold Star"
  6. Tanith Lee, "When the Clock Strikes"
  7. Sara Maitland, "The Wicked Stepmother’s Lament"
  8. Anne Sexton, "Cinderella"

Growing Up (Is Hard To Do)

  1. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Hansel and Gretel"
  2. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Snow White"
  3. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Rapunzel"
  4. Joseph Jacobs, "Jack and the Beanstalk"
  5. Hans Christian Andersen, "The Ugly Duckling"

The Enchanted Bride(groom)

  1. Madame Leprince de Beaumont, "Beauty and the Beast"
  2. Asbjørnsen and Moe, "East of the Sun and West of the Moon"
  3. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "The Frog King"
  4. Madame d’Aulnoy, "The White Cat"

Brain over Brawn (the Trickster)

  1. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "The Brave Little Tailor"
  2. Joseph Jacobs, "Molly Whuppie"
  3. Charles Perrault, "Puss in Boots"
  4. Julius Lester, "The Death of Brer Wolf"


  1. Charles Perrault, "Bluebeard"
  2. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "Rumpelstiltzkin"
  3. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "The Fisherman and his Wife"

A Less Than Perfect World

  1. Hans Christian Andersen, "The Emperor’s New Clothes"
  2. Mary De Morgan, "A Toy Princess"
  3. Oscar Wilde, "The Happy Prince"
  4. Frank Stockton, "The Griffin and the Minor Canon"


  1. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "The Blue Light"
  2. Hans Christian Andersen, "The Tinderbox"
  3. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, "The Goose Girl"
  4. Emma Donoghue, "The Tale of the Handkerchief"
  5. Joseph Jacobs, "The Story of the Three Little Pigs"
  6. James Finn Garner, "The Three Little Pigs"
  7. Giambattista Basile, "The Young Slave"
  8. Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, "Giant Story"


  1. Little Red Riding Hood
  2. Hansel and Gretel
  3. Sleeping Beauty
  4. Beauty and the Beast
  5. Setting
  6. Puss in Boots
  7. Modern/Post-Modern World
  8. Postscript   


  1. Max Lüthi, "The Fairy-Tale Hero: The Image of Man in the Fairy Tale"
  2. Bruno Bettelheim, "The Struggle for Meaning"
  3. Alan Dundes , "Fairy Tales from a Folkloristic Perspective"
  4. Karen Rowe, "Feminism and Fairy Tales"
  5. Alison Lurie, "What Fairy Tales Tell Us"
  6. Laura Tosi , "Did They Live Happily Ever After?:  Rewriting Fairy Tales for a Contemporary Audience"
  7. Betsy Hearne, "Disney Revisited, Or, Jiminy Cricket, It's Musty Down Here!"
  8. James Poniewozik , "Is Shrek Bad for Kids?"

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