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Critical Multicultural Analysis of Folktales

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Beschreibung

If folktales and fairy tales are supposed to convey fundamental universal truths, or validate the past, then why do storytellers change the stories? When stories share similar folktale characteristics (also referred to as motifs), do they also share the same messages? Today there are many versions of traditional tales as well as revised and reworked tales that provide different points of view. One particular tale that has a number of counter perspectives is Rumpelstiltskin. The Grimm Brothers first recorded Rumpelstiltskin nearly two centuries ago. This intriguing tale has a seemingly anti-social message. The only character who tells the truth is the villain, yet he is the only one who is punished. This book analyzes Rumpelstiltskin for its nonconformity to predictable patterns and its implications for society. Applying a critical multicultural analysis of these adaptations brings power relations to the surface, and highlights how power can be exercised. By identifying the implicit power in children s literature and folktales such as Rumpelstiltskin, readers can consider how texts maintain, counteract, and promote alternative systemic power structures.

Autorentext

Jane E. Kelley, Ed.D.: Language, Literacy, and Culture Program atUniversity of Massachusetts - Amherst. Assistant Professor ofChildren's Literature and Literacy Education at Washington StateUniversity, Pullman, Washington.



Klappentext

If folktales and fairy tales are supposed to conveyfundamental universal truths, or validate the past,then why do storytellers change the stories? Whenstories share similar folktale characteristics (alsoreferred to as motifs), do they also share the samemessages? Today there are many versions oftraditional tales as well as revised and reworkedtales that provide different points of view. Oneparticular tale that has a number of counterperspectives is Rumpelstiltskin. The Grimm Brothersfirst recorded Rumpelstiltskin nearly two centuriesago. This intriguing tale has a seemingly anti-socialmessage. The only character who tells the truth isthe villain, yet he is the only one who is punished.This book analyzes Rumpelstiltskin for itsnonconformity to predictable patterns and itsimplications for society. Applying a criticalmulticultural analysis of these adaptations bringspower relations to the surface, and highlights howpower can be exercised. By identifying the implicitpower in children's literature and folktales such asRumpelstiltskin, readers can consider how textsmaintain, counteract, and promote alternativesystemic power structures.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Critical Multicultural Analysis of Folktales
Untertitel: Power Representation in Reconstructed Rumpelstiltskin Stories
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EAN: 9783639094237
ISBN: 978-3-639-09423-7
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Anzahl Seiten: 204
Gewicht: 320g
Größe: H220mm x B150mm x T12mm
Jahr: 2009