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Tatar, Maria 1945-

Works: 52 works in 257 publications in 5 languages and 17,908 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fairy tales  Folklore  Juvenile works  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, edc, Contributor
Classifications: PT921, 398.2
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Maria Tatar
The hard facts of the Grimms' fairy tales by Maria Tatar( Book )

37 editions published between 1945 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 2,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairly tale figures as the subject matter for this study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Nursery and Household Tales. This updated and expanded second edition includes a new preface and an appendix containing new translations of six tales, along with commentary by Maria Tatar. Throughout the book, Tatar employs the tools not only of a psychoanalyst but also of a folklorist, literary critic, and historian to examine the harsher aspects of these stories. She presents new interpretations of the powerful stories in this book. Few studies have been written in English on these tales, and none has probed their allegedly happy endings so thoroughly."--Jacket
The annotated classic fairy tales by Edmund Dulac( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Portuguese and held by 1,768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this illuminating work, a leading expert in the field of folklore guides readers through 26 fairy tales, exploring their historical origins, their cultural complexities, and their psychological effects on children
Off with their heads! : fairy tales and the culture of childhood by Maria Tatar( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 1,158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When fairy tales moved from workrooms, taverns, and the fireside into the nursery, they not only lost much of their irreverent, earthy humor but were also deprived of their contestatory stance to official culture. Children's literature, Maria Tatar maintains, has always been more intent on producing docile minds than playful bodies. From its inception, it has openly endorsed a productive discipline that condemns idleness and disobedience along with most forms of social resistance. In this book she explores how Perrault, the Grimms, and others reshaped fairy tales to produce conciliatory literary texts that dedicate themselves to the project of socializing the child. Tatar finds that when we read and interpret fairy tales today, we often fall into the trap of positioning children as the real villains of the tales. Authorities such as Bruno Bettelheim, for example, focus on "Hansel and Gretel" as a story about the "destructive desires," "uncontrolled cravings," and "ambivalent feelings" of the protagonists rather than as a story about adult hostility toward children. After examining how fairy tales were converted into children's literature, the author investigates the acculturation of heroines in such stories as "Cinderella" and "Beauty and the Beast" and concludes with meditations on violence, cannibalism, and conflicts between parents and children. Since the cultural stories we read to children in their "formative years" have a powerful influence on their lives, Tatar emphasizes the importance of interrogating and reinterpreting these bedtime tales
The annotated Peter Pan by J. M Barrie( Book )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An annotated version of the classic story of the boy who never grows up includes period photos and a discussion of the tale's controversial history
Enchanted hunters : the power of stories in childhood by Maria Tatar( Book )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tatar challenges the assumptions we make about childhood reading. By exploring how beauty and horror operate in children's literature, she examines how and what children read, showing how literature transports and transforms children with its intoxicating, captivating and occasionally terrifying energy
The annotated Hans Christian Andersen by H. C Andersen( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is an informative collection of Hans Christian Andersen's stories, annotated by one of America's leading folklore scholars. Maria Tatar celebrates the stories told by Denmark's "perfect wizard" and re-envisions Hans Christian Andersen as a writer who casts his spell on both children and adults. Andersen's most beloved tales, such as "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Little Mermaid," are now joined by "The Shadow" and "Story of a Mother," mature stories that reveal his literary range and depth. Tatar captures the tales' unrivaled dramatic and visual power, showing exactly how Andersen became one of the world's ten most translated authors. Lushly illustrated with more than one hundred fifty rare images, many in full color, by artists such as Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen will captivate readers with annotations that explore the rich social and cultural dimensions of the nineteenth century and construct a compelling portrait of a writer whose stories still fascinate us today. 146 illustrations including color. - Publisher
The classic fairy tales : texts, criticism( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the genre, cultural implications, and critical history of six classic fairy tales and presents twelve essays on the social origins and issues of gender and national identity present in many of these children's stories. Also explores tales by Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, Oscar Wilde, Charles Perrault, Joseph Jacobs, Margaret Atwood, James Thurber, Roald Dahl, et al
Spellbound : studies on mesmerism and literature by Maria Tatar( Book )

16 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lustmord : sexual murder in Weimar Germany by Maria Tatar( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a book that confronts our society's obsession with violence, Maria Tatar seeks the meaning behind one of the most disturbing images of twentieth-century Western culture: the violated female corpse. This image is so prevalent in painting, literature, film, and, most recently, in mass media, that we rarely question what is at stake in its representation. Tatar, however, challenges us to consider what is taking place - both artistically and socially - in the construction and circulation of scenes depicting sexual murder. In examining images of sexual murder (Lustmord), she produces a riveting study of how art and murder have intersected in the sexual politics of culture from Weimar Germany to the present
The turnip princess : and other newly discovered fairy tales by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Franz Xaver von Schönwerth traversed the forests, lowlands, and mountains of northern Bavaria to record fairy tales. Most of Schönwerth's work was lost-- until a few years ago, when thirty boxes of manuscripts were uncovered in a German municipal archive. Available for the first time in English, the tales are violent, dark, full of action, and upend the relationship between damsels in distress and their dragon-slaying heroes
Secrets beyond the door : the story of Bluebeard and his wives by Maria Tatar( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maria Tatar analyses the many forms the tale of Bluebeard's wife has taken over time, showing how artists have taken the Bluebeard theme and revived it with their own signature twists
Neverending stories : toward a critical narratology by Ann Clark Fehn( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge companion to fairy tales( Book )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Polish and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fairy tales have never known geographical, disciplinary or cultural borders. In many ways, they provide a model for thinking about storytelling on a transnational level long before comparative literature began transforming itself into world literature. As the simple expression of complex thought, fairy tales have increasingly become the focus of intense scholarly inquiry. In this Companion, international scholars from a range of academic disciplines explore the historical origins, cultural dissemination and psychological power of fairy stories, and offer model interpretations of tales from a variety of traditions and sources, including Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and the One Thousand and One Nights. Rather than disenchanting the stories, the essays in this volume broaden our understanding of them and deepen our appreciation of the cultural work they do. A chronology and guide to further reading contribute to the usefulness of the volume for students and scholars."--Provided by publisher
Brothers & beasts : an anthology of men on fairy tales by Kate Bernheimer( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fairies return : or, new tales for old by Peter Llewelyn Davies( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A satirical look at fourteen classic fairy tales retells such stories as "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," and "The Little Mermaid."
The Grimm reader : the classic tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob Grimm( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, including "Briar Rose," "Doctor Know-All," and "King Thrushbeard."
The green issue( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fairy Tale Review is an annual journal devoted to fairy tales, contemporary and historical. Each issue contains poetry, fiction, and essays that either address the abiding influence of fairy tales or are themselves contemporary fairy tales in prose or verse. It is, according to editor Kate Bernheimer, ""a venue for all writers working with the aesthetics and motifs of fairy tales."" Contributors to Fairy Tale Review: The Green Issue include: Brian Baldi, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Jedediah Berry, Paula Bohince, Wendy Brenner, Ayse Papatya Bucak, Rikki Ducornet, Johannes Goransson, Ann Jaderlund, D
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The annotated classic fairy tales
Alternative Names
Maria Tatar American academic

Tatar, Maria

Tatar, Maria M. 1945-

Tatar, Maria Magdalena 1945-

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타타르, 마리아 1945-

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The annotated classic fairy talesOff with their heads! : fairy tales and the culture of childhoodThe annotated Peter PanEnchanted hunters : the power of stories in childhoodThe annotated Hans Christian AndersenThe classic fairy tales : texts, criticismLustmord : sexual murder in Weimar GermanySecrets beyond the door : the story of Bluebeard and his wives