Folktales and Fairy Tales
Traditions and Texts from around the World [4 volumes], 2nd Edition
Edited by Anne E. Duggan and Donald Haase, with Helen J. Callow
February 2016, 1590pp, 8 1/2x11
4 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-253-3
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Fairy tales were not always intended for children.

Encyclopedic in its coverage, this one-of-a-kind reference is ideal for students, scholars, and others who need reliable, up-to-date information on folk and fairy tales, past and present.

Folktales and fairy tales have long played an important role in cultures around the world. They pass customs and lore from generation to generation, provide insights into the peoples who created them, and offer inspiration to creative artists working in media that now include television, film, manga, photography, and computer games. This second, expanded edition of an award-winning reference will help students and teachers as well as storytellers, writers, and creative artists delve into this enchanting world and keep pace with its past and its many new facets.

Alphabetically organized and global in scope, the work is the only multivolume reference in English to offer encyclopedic coverage of this subject matter. The four-volume collection covers national, cultural, regional, and linguistic traditions from around the world as well as motifs, themes, characters, and tale types. Writers and illustrators are included as are filmmakers and composers—and, of course, the tales themselves. The expert entries within volumes 1 through 3 are based on the latest research and developments while the contents of volume 4 comprises tales and texts. While most books either present readers with tales from certain countries or cultures or with thematic entries, this encyclopedia stands alone in that it does both, making it a truly unique, one-stop resource.


  • Provides encyclopedic coverage of folktales and fairy tales from around the globe
  • Covers not only the history of the fairy tale, but also topics of contemporary importance such as the fairy tale in manga, television, pop music, and music videos
  • Brings together the study of geography, culture, history, and anthropology
  • Revises and expands an award-winning work to now include a full volume of selected tales and texts
Anne E. Duggan is professor of French and chair of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University. Her publications include Queer Enchantments: Gender, Sexuality, and Class in the Fairy-Tale Cinema of Jacques Demy and Salonnières, Furies, and Fairies: The Politics of Gender and Cultural Change in Absolutist France. She is coeditor of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies.

Donald Haase is professor of German and senior associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University. He edited Fairy Tales and Feminism: New Approaches; The Reception of Grimms' Fairy Tales: Responses, Reactions, Revisions; and a dual edition of Joseph Jacobs' English Fairy Tales and More English Fairy Tales. Haase is general editor of the Series in Fairy-Tale Studies.


2017 Award Winner in the "Multicultural Non-Fiction" Category —Best Book Awards, American Book Fest, November 9, 2017


"[T]his title is highly recommended, particularly for public libraries and academic libraries, especially those with programs that would study folktales and fairy tales at the undergraduate and graduate level."—ARBA, September 8, 2016

"The four volumes are of considerable note. They cover a vast field of both traditional and literary folktales and fairy tales, together with their modern offshoots and, apart from their use for research purposes, there is much that will interest the general reader who is prepared to sit down and take the time to leaf through and enjoy them. Also, the cross-references often lead to unexpected connections that one might not otherwise have explored. . . . The books are a feast. Volume 4, alone, is of the utmost importance in contributing to understanding the world of traditions that surround us and that form the fabric of our society."—B.C. Folklore, May 24, 2016

"The earlier edition was stellar, the only caveat being there needed to be more of it. And now in this second edition, one fortunately does have more. . . . This encyclopedic work is indispensable, and there is nothing remotely like it in English. . . . Libraries of all sizes and types will want to add it. Summing Up: Essential. All readership levels."—Choice, August 1, 2016

"[A] well-organized, well-documented introduction to folklore. This set is recommended for most academic and large public libraries. Those owning the original version will want to consider this for replacement."—Booklist, July 1, 2016
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