For some reason I feel a esire to call for people with pitchforks and torches so we can go attack Parent GroupsI id not know that Yolen s Briar Rose had been burned I knew it was on a list of banned and challenged books but i hadn t known that someone had threw hadn t known that someone had threw on the firegrowlThe problem with people today okay one problem with people today besides the fact that they are people is that they on t read They really Tudes De Style don t Everyone on this website is a bloody expectionWhat is worse a good portion of people who read either read badly read the wrong thing which is their right or read somethng edited for the sake of their morals For instance how many peopleon t know the bloody version of Cinderella Or haven t read the Little House books This means they lack cultural understanding Something Yolen writes about in this book Yolen makes an elegent and wonderful case not only for reading but for reading books that make people think Not only Soul Eater Not Vol 1 does she touch on the effect on the reader in terms of liking the story but also in terms of emotionalevelopment In many ways this book could be linked with The Language Police How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn Though Yolen s book is far far lively I feel like my subconscious is guiding me to the perfect reading order for these books on fairy tales I m really getting a sense of Other Glass Teat dialogue andebate between the Ethical Living different authors and academics but the controversy is increasing my appreciation of the genre notiminishing itOne reaction This is exactly the kind of book Ruth Bottigheimer author of Fairy Tales A New History would hate It s all about fairy tales as part of our Jungian unconscious our cultural and spiritual heritage It takes for granted all the notions which Bottigheimer sought to isprove That the classic fairy tales erive from an unbroken heritage of oral storytelling tradition linking modern children and adults with their primitive ancestors Very kumbaya And Bottigheimer would probably be right After all this was the prevalent understanding for hundreds of years ever since the Grimms kick started the romantic nationalist movements and became the poster boys of the worldwide folklore revival These ideas are probably based on some pretty shoddy scholarshipOn the other hand Yolen is an author not an academic She s neither claiming nor trying to write an academic treatise She s interested as she says in her book in
TRUTH NOT ACTUALITY THOUGH NOT UNRELATED not Actuality Though not unrelated two are not uite the same thing Idealistic though a lot of it is there is an appealing uality to these essays which I think speaks to their inner truth Whenever or wherever the fairy tale came into being it has the same effect on the listener here and now And whatever the origin of the fairy tale certainly storytelling itself is as old as humanity I particularly liked the chapter on Tough Magic with its emphasis on the rules logic taboos and conseuences of the best fantasy and fairy tales Other scholars have noted this paradoxical fact of the genre Tolkien and Chesterton especially but Yolen puts this theme in a very sensible way which I know I ll find helpful in my own writing A series of essays that offer an intriguing look at the role folklore and fairy tales play in children s evelopment Jane Yolen is an amazing person and an amazing scholar and although I came away liking this small book I felt terribly guilty for not providing the rich experiences she id for her kids for my kids Kind of like reading about the life of Tasha Tudor and the astonishing things she Hierarchia Catholica Medii Aevi Sive Summorum Pontificum S R E Cardinalium Ecclesiarum Antistitum Series did for her children Every few years I take this book out and reread it Yolen writes witheceptive simplicity and clarity that one Gnele doesn t realize how profoundly true her words are until they keep coming back in memoryFrom this book comes aeservedly repeated uotation which I reproduce here as I use it freuently to give the short answer why I can t read game of Thrones well written as it isAnd for adults the world of fantasy books returns to us the great words of power which in order to be tamed we have excised from our adult vocabularies These words are the pornography of innocence words which adults no longer use with other adults and so we laugh at them and consign them to the nursery fear masking as cynicism These are the words that were forged in the earth air fire and water of human existence and the words areLove Hate Good Evil Courage Honor Truth AndTouch magic Pass it on A collection of brief essays addressing the importance of folklore and enchantment in juvenile literature from the pen of prolific children s author and editor Jane Yolen Touch Magic was initially published in 1981 and rewritten in 2000 Presenting sixteen essays that touch on everything from the centrality of myth in helping children to organize and unders. Subtitled Fantasy Faerie and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood this small book of essays was first my position papers for the EdD I never uite got Originally published in hardcover by Philomel and then brought out a few years later in a trade pap. .
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far as I can place myself in the shoes of someone else just so far am I not standingas I can place myself in the shoes of someone else just so far am I not standing my own shoes Stories o put us in another people s shoes But sometimes as she so beautifully explains in The Ultimate Seduction Harlequin Blaze No 61 duscussing Puss in Boots and Rumplestiltskin the underlying story is of hatred for the other itistances us rather than bringing us closer I had never thought of Rumplestiltskin as being a story of loathed Jewish moneylenders or Puss in Boots as being about ethnic cleansing but it will be hard not to think of that now I would probably run the last two functions of myth together I would probably go as far as to say that all therapy is a species of understanding of the abstract metaphors we share of our common existence That s about as Jungian as I get but then I guess that s about as Jungian as anyone would ever need to get These stories and myths have lasted as long as they have because they have endlessly fascinating things to tell us about our selves She makes the wonderful point that we are not social animals so much as societal animals It isn t that we like to hang around together all that much that makes us human god the blessing of some peace and uiet away from people sometimes it is that without a society and that means a language community as much as anything else we just For Christ And His Kingdom don t get to be human Often the stories we tell stories that seemark and frightening and poignant beyond our ability to listen any are actually our only protection against the awful truth of existence our only means of understanding our lives Her point about Disney s cutesy versions of much Dance Romance A Medieval Fairytale 3 darker tales is that they take away from us than just the horror of the originals but also their potential to help us grasp truths about our shared existence Cinderella for example is transformed by Disney into a haplessumb and utterly Grilling Recipes dependent girl even relying on mice for god s sake but this takes away the underlying message of the original story that god helps those who help themselves I was once told that we tell children folk tales so that they understand they are not freaks when they have nightmares That it is not them so that fairytales help us to justify our nightmares to ourselves Both the nightmares weream and the nightmares we live through How ironic then that our obsession with protecting children from the horrors of these stories might well be Trkiye Tekstil Tarihi Zerine Aratrmalar doing them harmNow I have told just about everyone I know this over the last twoays Sometimes there are things I learn that really make me wonder how it is possible I could have gotten to the age I am I mean nearly 50 and yet have never known before If you don t already know this this is going to take your breath away One of the things you are most likely to know about Cinderella is how the Prince recognises her He has kept her glass slipper and he has been going around town getting everyone to put their feet into it but they all have feet that are just too big That it has become a glass slipper isue to a mistranslation the French words for glass and feathered are uite similar But the interesting thing here is the country this story originated in which explains Cinderella s tiny feet China Now isn t that obvious when it is pointed out but without having all of the bits put before me I would never have guessed on my own I love finding out things like that obvious in hindsight it is one of my favourite thingsAll that remains is to thank Abigail for recommending this one to me wonderful stuff It has inspired me to read some of the books in the further reading section at the back of the book This book blew me away It s a collection of essays about fantasy and humanity and storytelling It s also exuisitely written and it reinforces prejudices I Ecg Workout didn t even realize I had Any number of times in this book Yolen explicated something which immediately resonated with me as something I believe at some unexamined level theeep heart s core if you will She also Ecology draws some lines which are blindingly obvious once they ve beenrawn for instance any of you who know me know that I revere Kipling s The Jungle Books as well as Ursula K Le Guin s writing Here s what Yolen says This story as societal metaphor would come to fruition later in the worlds of Struggling between a 2 and 3 star rating But I m currently going with 25 as an overall okay loved parts other parts not so much As a collection of essays there were several I enjoyed immensely and some awesome uotes that I m going to have to type up sometime but also some essays that I just idn t enjoy It had some wonde A very smart intelligent collection of essays about the power of fantasy and folk lore It is written by Jane Yolen so of course it is smart and intelligent Her thoughts on the use of time. St House The new section is called Touchstones and has six new essays Fabling to the Near Night Killing the Other Throwing Shadows Literature As a Social Disease the eponymous Touchstones An Experiential Act and an updated and revised Preface Jane Yole.
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itself in making us human Yolen S Work Takes Up work takes up cause of efending folk and fairyin making us human Yolen s work takes up the cause of New Proficiency Passkey defending folk and fairy as legitimate and essential cultural productsTheeep connections between folklore and fantasy literature are evident in every selection of the book from the opening essay How Basic Is Shazam in which Yolen writes of the power of recognition A child who has never met Merlin how can he or she recognize the wizards of Earthsea The child who has never heard of Arthur how can he or she totally appreciate Susan Cooper s The Grey King The child who has never known The Essential Dysphagia Handbook dryads or fauns will not recognize them in Narnia or find their faces on museum walls or in the black silhouettes on Greek vasesThe importance of illustrators in helping to create enchantment in children s literature isiscussed in The Eye and the Ear in which Yolen analyzes three very ifferent versions of the tale of Snow White as envisioned by Nancy Ekholm Burkert Trina Schart Hyman and Walt Disney In the titular Touch Magic she speaks of a truth eeper and stronger than actuality a truth to be found in the tales of Elfland which speak to the human longing for the Other And in The Gift of Tongues Yolen explores the human fascination with feral children and the necessity of language in making us humanThis is a wonderful collection of essays uickly read but not so uickly With Grace Amp Favour digested Twenty years before BR Myers was even contemplating the pretentiousness of contemporary adult literature Yolen was sounding the trumpet and leading the charge against theecline of story This is a necessary little book used in the college class I taught on folklore and children s fantasy literature and I heartily recommend it to any reader interested in those topics I read this book in about an hour and a half but what it had to say about the importance of unsanitized unsentimentalized fairy tales in the lives especially of children but also of the adults those children grow into was profound Yolen makes the case that all those old stories with all their magic and violence are necessary to children because through them they learn about good and evil courage honor justice choice and conseuence responsibility and what it is to be human in a way that cannot be replaced A few of her references are Die Blaue Stadt dated but mostly her theories and exhortations seem to apply even today when the old stories are even rarely told Just what is the point of stories Whyo we let them take up such a large part of our lives How is it that we never seem to grow out of themWe are all likely to meet people who will tell us that in fact they Beginning Shakespeare do not really like stories at all I ve found this is often the reason people give for not reading they are not interested in stories But almost invariably these same people will watchetective shows on television or Doctor Who or Star Trek or any one of thousands of other television shows based on stories Stories are harder to eschew than we might like to thinkBut what is the attraction In the first essay in this remarkably short collection of wonderfully insightful essays the author proposes These four functions of myth and folklore should establish the listening to and learning of the old tales as being among the most basic elements of our education creating a landscape of allusion enabling us to understand our own and other cultures from inside out providing an adaptable tool of therapy and stating in symbolic and metaphoric terms the abstract truths of our common human existence So let s take those one at a timeYears ago my youngest Fiends Of The Eastern Front daughter was reading some poem for high school We started talking about it and Iid that thing that I guess people who spend too much time reading sometimes o I started telling her about how the poem referred to Dante s Inferno and to the Bible and whatever else I noticed along the way She stopped me and said Do I need to know every poem ever written before I can understand any single poem Now if you have been wondering why you might bother having kids that s as good a reason as I can come up with Of course the answer is no well no ish It isn t that poetry is merely a huge game of spot that reference but that the allusions we are able to pick the a story or a poem might mean It is like being able to flick on and switches and turn on lights you are looking at the same thing as before but now there are less shadows or perhaps accurately ifferent shadows One of the nicest uotes in this book which of course I can t find now is that one can never light a candle without throwing shadowsStories allow us to separate ourselves from our world Bernstein refers to this as giving us a universal perspective but in that way that everything ends up a crazy contradiction of opposites such a universal view also helps us to. Erback this book of essays has become well identified with me And the phrase Touch magic pass it on shows up in the oddest places After five years out of print the book in an expanded and revised edition has been reissued by the folklore publisher Augu. ,