Überblick:Pressestimmen One of the best-kept secrets of the Cold War was the magical production of remarkable political fairy-tale films in East Germany. Now however the secret is out with the publication of Qinna Shen's excellent book The Politics of Magic: DEFA Fairy-Tale Films. Shen studies the complex development of more than forty films from the 1950s to the fall of the Berlin Wall and she also provides insightful social and political analyses. Indeed one of the most interesting ways to understand the cultural history of the German Democratic Republic is through the DEFA fairy tales and Shen's study is the first comprehensive work to accomplish this.--Jack Zipes 'professor emeritus University of Minnesota 'Qinna Shen's monograph is a major contribution to the study of this important but all-too-often neglected genre of East German film production. Clearly written and with numerous illustrations The Politics of Magic offers the reader a fascinating insight into the cultural history of these important films. By integrating individual case studies (many of which draw on detailed archival research) into an overarching history of the genre Shen has produced a study that will be essential reading for film scholars and cultural historians alike.--Seán Allan 'head of German studies School of Modern Languages and Cultures University of Warwick 'The Politics of Magic is a highly readable and intelligently constructed study of a cherished tradition. As a nuanced critique of the 'red' fairy-tale film the book brings to light the complexities of a genre that for too long has been dismissed as 'mere propaganda.'--Sonja Fritzsche 'chair and professor of German and Eastern European studies Illinois Wesleyan University 'Shen's interpretive analyses and rigorous enquiry into so many of these fairy-tale films reveals a cumulative insight ofimmense value.-- (02/23/2016)Shen's clear accessible language and her informative and formal -- but not stilted--writing style make this study a wonderful resource for a wider audience of readers.-- (09/15/2015)What Shen provides [. . .] is the indispensable background the larger context against which scholars might want to analyze individual films more closely. For scholars of fairy tales and folklore more broadly Shen's book provides a compelling history of the way in which the GDR drew on the fairy-tale tradition in order to further its own ideology suggesting once again the malleability of these texts.-- (04/01/2016)The author has a clear yet effective and sophisticated writing style. The book is appropriate for the general public and undergraduates through academics. It is of interest to those engaged in film history to German Studies and Slavic Studies scholars and also anyone interested in children's literature and genre studies.-- (03/22/2017)Firmly grounded in a contextual diachronic and transnational approach Shen's analysis of numerous fairy tale adaptations alongside their original sources makes it a valuable resource that will have many wondering why they had not paid more attention to more of these films sooner.--John Lessard'German Studies Review' (10/01/2017) Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende Qinna Shen is Assistant Professor of German at Bryn Mawr College in the suburb of Philadelphia. Her research interests concentrate on the areas of German Studies (20th century) Film Studies and Transnational Studies with a focus on German-Asian cultural relations. She has co-edited Beyond Alterity: German Encounters with Modern East Asia (Berghahn 2014). Her monograph entitled The Politics of Magic: DEFA Fairy-Tale Films (Wayne State UP 2015) is the first comprehensive critical book-length treatment of the live-action fairy-tale films from former East Germany. Her next book project is tentatively titled 'Raising the ‘Bamboo Curtain’: Film Exchange between China and Divided Germany.' It will focus primarily on international film trade genres cultural politics censorship reception as well as on German-Chinese co-productions.