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Lauren ([personal profile] quiddity) wrote2009-05-05 02:25 am
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An excerpt from Fairy Tale as Myth, “The Origins of the Fairy Tale”:

Madame Le Prince de Beaumont’s classic fairy tale enables us to see key features of how the fairy tale was institutionalized for children. The framing conditions of this institutionalization are; (1) the social function of the fairy tale must be didactic and teach a lesson that corroborates the code of civility as it was being developed at the time; (2) it must be short so that children can remember and memorize it and so that both adults and children can repeat it easily; this was the way that many written tales worked their way back into the oral tradition; (3) it must pass the censorship of adults so that it can be easily circulated; (4) it must address social issues such as obligation, sex roles, class differences, power, and decorum so that it will appeal to adults, especially those who publish and publicize the tales; (5) it must be suitable to be used with children in a schooling situation; and (6) it must reinforce a notion of power within the children of the upper classes and suggest ways for them to maintain power.

Something for me to think on in the future, since at least one of my current works-in-progress is a fairy tail compendium. Seems like an appropriate way to break this journal in.

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