A-Z Challenge

Z is for Zipes (Fairy Tale Spotlight A-Z)

So, today in class I reviewed fact vs opinion with my 4th grade readers. We also discussed the slippery slope – the informed opinion. An informed opinion is an opinion that has notably been backed up with facts.

I though it was fitting to end this A-Z Fairy Tale challenge with the foremost living expert on Fairy Tales: Jack Zipes. (See what I did there?) The previous statement is my informed opinion. May I now present the facts?

Prior t retiring, Zipes was an American Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. He has published and lectured on the evolution of fairy tales. If you every need to write a paper on fairy tales and and their impact on political and social issues, Zipes your one stop expert reference. He holds multiple degrees including a BA in Political Science (1959), a Masters in English and Comparative Literature (1960), and a PhD in Comparative Literature. Before retiring he was the head of the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota. Most notably he is know for translating the complete collection of the Brothers Grimm.

He has authored, translated, and edited over 30 books  on fairy tales.


  • Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales, 1979
  • Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion: The Classical Genre for Children and the Process of Civilization, 1985
  • The Complete Fairy Tales of Brothers Grimm, 1987, updated with additional tales in both 1992 and 2002
  • Beauties, Beasts and Enchantments: Classic French Fairy Tales, 1989
  • The Operated Jew, 1991
  • Fairy Tale As Myth Myth As Fairy Tale, 1994
  • Creative Storytelling: Building Community/Changing Lives, 1995
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children and the Culture Industry, 1997
  • Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children’s Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter, 2000
  • The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World, 2002
  • Speaking Out: Storytelling and Creative Drama for Children, 2004
  • Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre, 2006
  • Literature and Literary Theory: Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, 2011
  • The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre, 2012


  • Don’t Bet on the Prince: Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England, 1987
  • Victorian Fairy Tales: The Revolt of the Fairies and Elves
  • Fairy Tales and Fables from Weimar Days, 1990
  • Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture, 1991
  • The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood, 1993
  • Outspoken Princess and the Gentle Knight: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales, 1994
  • Yale Companion to Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture, 1096-1996, 1997
  • When Dreams Come True, 1998
  • The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales, 2000
  • The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm, 2001
  • Italian Popular Tales, 2001
  • Unlikely History: The Changing German-Jewish Symbiosis, 1945-2000, 2002
  • Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture
  • Beautiful Angiola: The Great Treasury of Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales / Collected by Laura Gonzenbach; Translated by Jack Zipes, 2004
  • Myth, Symbol, and Meaning in Mary Poppins Children’s Literature and Culture, 2006
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature (4 Volume Set), 2006
  • Beauties, Beasts and Enchantments: Classic French Fairy Tales, 2009
  • The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy Tale Films, 2010
  • Aesop’s Fables, 2004
  • The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy Tales: From the Brothers Grimm to Andrew Lang, 2013


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