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In two appendices, Zipes inveighs against scholars who believe that print history alone produced the modern fairy tale, which reveals the book's ultimate aim to "keep folk origins alive" with memetics.

The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre

His argument artfully condemns the whale's eating habits and uncovers traces of ingested, nearly forgotten species; yet he treads a troubling line here, both denouncing one type of origin and recovering another, more elusive one. Aetiology of any stripe is risky business to the Zipes-inspired materialist writing this review and whale metaphors cannot entirely save memetics from suspicion. The book could have done without prehistory and still argued that the dynamism of orality and print made the whale and sustains it still.

Alas, Zipes appears to finds the memetic hypothesis irresistible.


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