publication . Other literature type . Article . 1977

What Makes A Fairy Tale Good: The Queer Kindness Of "The Golden Bird"

Perry Nodelman;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1977
  • Publisher: Zenodo
Once upon a time may have been a very good time, but as Joseph Jacobs said in "The Well of the World's End," "it wasn't in my time, nor in your time, nor anyone else's time." The difference between the magical world of fairy tales and the world we actually live in is so striking, that to some the difference is their most important quality. J. R. R. Tolkien says that the tales "open a door on Other Time, and if we pass through, though only for a moment, we stand outside our own time, outside Time itself, maybe." Even Bruno Bettelhelm, who believes the main virtue of fairy tales to be their psychological usefulness, implies that the tales are beneficial simply bec...
free text keywords: Children's Literature, Children's and Young Adult Literature, New Criticism, Folk and Fairy Tales, Fairy tales, Brothers Grimm, Grimms Fairy Tales, Linguistics and Language, Education, Language education, Kindness, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Queer, Gender studies, Virtue, Mass society, Aesthetics, History
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