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Tatar, Maria 1945-

Works: 65 works in 389 publications in 6 languages and 23,587 library holdings
Genres: Fairy tales  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Folklore  Folk tales  Fiction  Fantasy fiction  History  Literature  Folk literature  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, wst, Contributor, Creator, wpr, Redactor, edc
Classifications: PT921, 398.210943
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Maria Tatar
The hard facts of the Grimms' fairy tales by Maria Tatar( Book )

54 editions published between 1945 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 3,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses how the Grimms censored fairly tales, examines the violence and cruelty found in the stories, and suggests an approach to interpreting them
Spellbound : studies on mesmerism and literature by Maria Tatar( )

28 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Franz Anton Mesmer's concept of animal magnetism exercised a profound influence on key European and American thinkers. Mesmer, who saw in his discovery the secret of health, had hoped to recover the harmony between man and nature by harnessing the power of magnetic fluids. In calling attention to the existence of a second self that surfaces in the hypnotic trance, Mesmer made his real contribution and took the first, decisive steps on the road leading to the unconscious. While most critical studies of mesmerism originate in the history of science or medicine, Maria Tatar's book takes a fresh approach by tracing the impact of mesmerism on literature. The author launches her account with a portrait of Mesmer and places his views in the context of eighteenth-century thought. She then explores the significance of Mesmer's ideas and studies their influence on nineteenth-century German, French, and American writers. In conclusion, she examines the ways in which modern authors absorbed and reshaped the mesmerist legacy bequeathed to them by earlier generations. Whether discussing the electrical energy vibrating through Kleist's dramas, the electrical heat radiating from Hoffmann's figures, the streams of magnetic fluid coursing through Balzac's novels, or the magnetic chain of humanity linking Hawthorne's characters, Professor Tatar recaptures the meaning of ideas, motifs, and metaphors often overlooked by literary critics. Her study illuminates, in a remarkable way, the subtle connections between science, psychology, and literature. Originally published in 1978. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The annotated classic fairy tales by Maria Tatar( Book )

23 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,800 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
Neverending stories : toward a critical narratology by Ann Clark Fehn( )

21 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these compelling new essays, leading critics sharpen our understanding of the narrative structures that convey meaning in fiction, taking as their point of departure the narratological positions of Dorrit Cohn, Grard Genette, and Franz Stanzel. This collection demonstrates how narratology, with its attention to the modalities of presenting consciousness, offers a point of entry for scholars investigating the socio-cultural dimensions of literary representations. Drawing from a wide range of literary texts, the essays explore the borderline between fiction and history; explain how characters are constructed by both author and reader through the narration of consciousness; show how gender shapes narrative strategies ranging from the depiction of consciousness through intertextuality to the representation of the body; address issues of contingency in narrative; and present a debate on the crucial function of person in the literary text. The contributors are Stanley Corngold, Gail Finney, Kte Hamburger, Paul Michael Ltzeler, David Mickelsen, John Neubauer, Thomas Pavel, Jens Rieckmann, Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan, Judith Ryan, Franz Stanzel, Susan Suleiman, Maria Tatar, David Wellbery, and Larry Wolff. Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The annotated Brothers Grimm by Jacob Grimm( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 1,540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Containing 40 stories in new translations by Tatar this celebration of the richness and dramatic power of the legendary fables also features 150 illustrations, many of them in color, by legendary painters
Off with their heads! : fairy tales and the culture of childhood by Maria Tatar( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,425 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 green issue( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1,265 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
The annotated African American folktales by Henry Louis (EDT)/ Tatar, Maria (EDT) Gates( Book )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing from the great folklorists of the past while expanding African American lore with dozens of tales rarely seen before, The Annotated African American Folktales revolutionizes the canon like no other volume. Following in the tradition of such classics as Arthur Huff Fauset's "Negro Folk Tales from the South" (1927), Zora Neale Hurston's Mules and Men (1935), and Virginia Hamilton's The People Could Fly (1985), acclaimed scholars Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar assemble a groundbreaking collection of folktales, myths, and legends that revitalizes a vibrant African American past to produce the most comprehensive and ambitious collection of African American folktales ever published in American literary history. Arguing for the value of these deceptively simple stories as part of a sophisticated, complex, and heterogeneous cultural heritage, Gates and Tatar show how these remarkable stories deserve a place alongside the classic works of African American literature, and American literature more broadly. Opening with two introductory essays and twenty seminal African tales as historical background, Gates and Tatar present nearly 150 African American stories, among them familiar Brer Rabbit classics, but also stories like "The Talking Skull" and "Witches Who Ride," as well as out-of-print tales from the 1890s' Southern Workman. Beginning with the figure of Anansi, the African trickster, master of improvisation--a spider who plots and weaves in scandalous ways--The Annotated African American Folktales then goes on to draw Caribbean and Creole tales into the orbit of the folkloric canon. It retrieves stories not seen since the Harlem Renaissance and brings back archival tales of "Negro folklore" that Booker T. Washington proclaimed had emanated from a "grapevine" that existed even before the American Revolution, stories brought over by slaves who had survived the Middle Passage. Furthermore, Gates and Tatar's volume not only defines a new canon but reveals how these folktales were hijacked and misappropriated in previous incarnations, egregiously by Joel Chandler Harris, a Southern newspaperman, as well as by Walt Disney, who cannibalized and capitalized on Harris's volumes by creating cartoon characters drawn from this African American lore. Presenting these tales with illuminating annotations and hundreds of revelatory illustrations, The Annotated African American Folktales reminds us that stories not only move, entertain, and instruct but, more fundamentally, inspire and keep hope alive."--Jacket
The classic fairy tales : texts, criticism( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in English and held by 1,098 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
The annotated Peter Pan by J. M Barrie( Book )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2020 in English and Japanese and held by 948 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
Lustmord : sexual murder in Weimar Germany by Maria Tatar( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 899 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 annotated Hans Christian Andersen by H. C Andersen( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 861 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
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 807 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
Study of film adaptations of James Barrie's story Peter Pan by Casie Hermansson( )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 736 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
The juniper tree, and other tales from Grimm by Jacob Grimm( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publication of the Grimms' Children's Stories and Household Tales in 1812 brought the great European oral folk tradition into print for the first time. The Annotated Brothers Grimm returns in a deluxe and augmented 200th-anniversary edition commemorating that landmark event. Maria Tatar includes six new entries, among them "Four Clever Brothers," "The Water of Life," "The White Snake," and "The Old Man and His Grandson." The expanded edition features an enhanced selection of illustrations, many in color, by legendary artists such as George Cruikshank and Arthur Rackham; annotations that explore the historical origins, cultural context, and psychological effects of the tales; and a biographical essay on Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. A perennial favorite in the acclaimed Norton Annotated series, this magnificent volume will draw both children and adults into the enchanting world of fairy tales
The Cambridge companion to fairy tales by Maria Tatar( Book )

24 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and Polish and held by 632 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."--Publisher information
Secrets beyond the door : the story of Bluebeard and his wives by Maria Tatar( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 564 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
The story of Little Red Riding Hood by Christopher H Bing( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A little girl meets a wolf in the forest on her way to visit her grandmother
The fairies return : or, new tales for old by Peter Llewelyn Davies( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 269 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."
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The hard facts of the Grimms' fairy tales
The annotated classic fairy talesNeverending stories : toward a critical narratologyThe annotated Brothers GrimmOff with their heads! : fairy tales and the culture of childhoodThe classic fairy tales : texts, criticismThe annotated Peter PanLustmord : sexual murder in Weimar GermanyThe annotated Hans Christian Andersen
Alternative Names
Maria Tatar American academic

Maria Tatar Amerikaans literatuurspecialiste

Maria Tatar científica de la lliteratura estauxunidense

Maria Tatar US-amerikanische Germanistin

Tatar, Maria

Tatar, Maria M. 1945-

Tatar, Maria Magdalena

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Tatr, Maria M., 1945-

타타르, 마리아 1945-

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