Smack-Bam, or The Art of Governing Men
Come One and All to Magers & Quinn
Sunday, January 13, 5pm – 7 pm
Two renowned Minneapolis actors, Maria
Asp and Leif Jurgensen, will display how
truths can be discovered in fairy tales, while
Jack Zipes will speak about how he discovered
the political tales of Edouard Laboulaye and
why they are still so relevant for surviving in
our present perverse world.
Smack-Bam, or The Art of
Political Fairy Tales Édouard
Translated and edited by Jack Zipes
Wry political fairy tales from a nineteenth-century politician that speak to our current times
Edouard Laboulaye (1811-1883), one of nineteenth-century France’s most prominent politicians and an instrumental figure in establishing the Statue of Liberty, was also a prolific writer of fairy tales. Smack-Barn, or The Art of Governing Men brings together sixteen of Laboulaye’s most artful stories in new translations. Filled with biting social commentary and strong notions of social justice, these rediscovered tales continue to impart lessons today.
Inspired by folktales from such places as Estonia, Germany, Iceland, and Italy, Laboulaye’s deceptively entertaining stories explore the relationships between society and the ruling classes.
In this collection, Jack Zipes, the most important fairy-tale scholar of his gen-eration, revives the considerable work of nineteenth-century French jurist and politician Édouard Laboulaye, whose fairy tales have not been previously anthologized,
much less repub-lished or critically studied This latest discovery is a welcome one, and Zipes’s translations of the tales are extremely well done.”
—Domna C. Stanton, coeditor of Enchanted Eloquence: Fairy Tales by Seventeenth-Century French Women Writers
Jack Zipes is the editor of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (both Princeton), as well as The Great Fairy Tale Tradition (Norton). He is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota.