This essay compares conceptions of property and ownership in an important Iranian adaptation of “Jack and the Beanstalk” with its English canonical versions. It proposes that these conceptions are inflected differently in the Iranian adaptation in response to the sociopolitical context of the Islamic Revolution of Iran (1978–1979). For support, examples from other Iranian fairy tales, newspapers, and speeches of prominent revolutionary figures of the time have been provided. Finally, it examines whether these conceptions are subversive or subservient to the dominant ideology.

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