Ashliman, D L. Folk and Fairy Tales: A Handbook. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2004. Print.
A discussion of the tale-types and systems used to classify these texts.
Bettelheim, Bruno. The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. New York: Vintage Books, 1977. Print.
A very important academic book, talking about the psychology of fairy tales and the necessary effects they have on children. Considered an important text in children’s literature.
Heiner, Heidi Anne. SurLaLune Fairy Tales. 8 Nov 2012. Website. 8 Jan 2013. http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/
A collection of fairy tales on-line, including some criticism and discussion.
Maslin, Sue. Re-Enchantment. ABC Studios. 2012. Website. 8 Jan 2013. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/re-enchantment/
A multi-genre collection of tales, criticism, images, videos, interviews with scholars, writers and filmmakers.
Tatar, Maria. The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 2003. Print.
Written by the editor of The Classic Fairy Tales, this goes into great detail about the Grimm’s stories.
Warner, Marina. From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers. London: Chatto & Windus, 1994. Print.
Approaches analysis of fairy tales from a contemporary feminist lens.
Zipes, Jack. Beauties, Beasts, and Enchantment: Classic French Fairy Tales. New York: New American Library, 1989. Print.
—. The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm : Texts, Criticism. New York: W.W. Norton, 2001. Print.
—. When Dreams Came True: Classical Fairy Tales and Their Tradition. New York: Routledge, 1999. Print.
Zipes is one of the big names in folk tale studies in the US – he is prolific and has written TONS of books on the various folk tales, fairy tales, adaptations, and revisions of these stories over time. We will read an essay by him, but he also has tons of books on the subject (these are just a few.) He is an academic, but his texts tend to be pretty easy to read and follow.