1st Edition

The Fairy Tale World

Edited By Andrew Teverson Copyright 2019
    504 Pages
    by Routledge

    504 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Fairy Tale World is a definitive volume on this ever-evolving field. The book draws on recent critical attention, contesting romantic ideas about timeless tales of good and evil, and arguing that fairy tales are culturally astute narratives that reflect the historical and material circumstances of the societies in which they are produced. The Fairy Tale World takes a uniquely global perspective and broadens the international, cultural, and critical scope of fairy-tale studies. Throughout the five parts, the volume challenges the previously Eurocentric focus of fairy-tale studies, with contributors looking at:

    • the contrast between traditional, canonical fairy tales and more modern reinterpretations;

    • responses to the fairy tale around the world, including works from every continent;

    • applications of the fairy tale in diverse media, from oral tradition to the commercialized films of Hollywood and Bollywood;

    • debates concerning the global and local ownership of fairy tales, and the impact the digital age and an exponentially globalized world have on traditional narratives;

    • the fairy tale as told through art, dance, theatre, fan fiction, and film.

    This volume brings together a selection of the most respected voices in the field, offering ground-breaking analysis of the fairy tale in relation to ethnicity, colonialism, feminism, disability, sexuality, the environment, and class. An indispensable resource for students and scholars alike, The Fairy Tale World seeks to discover how such a traditional area of literature has remained so enduringly relevant in the modern world.

    Introduction: The Fairy Tale and the World

    Andrew Teverson

    Part 1: The Formation of The Canon

    1. Global or Local? Where Do Fairy Tales Belong?

    Donald Haase

    2. ‘Decolonizing’ The Canon: Critical Challenges to Eurocentrism

    Cristina Bacchilega

    3. The Middle Eastern World’s Contribution to Fairy-Tale History

    Ulrich Marzolph

    4. The Formation of the Literary Fairy Tale in Early Modern Italy: 1550-1636

    Nancy L. Canepa

    5. Social Change and the Development of the Fairy Tale in France: 1690-1799

    Christine A. Jones

    6. National/International/Transnational: The Brothers Grimm And Their Fairy Tales

    Maria Tatar

    7. By Forgotten Hands: The Role of Translation in the Emergence of the Fairy Tale

    Gillian Lathey

    Part II: Africa And The Caribbean

    8. Fairy Tale in Africa: A Contrast of Centuries

    Ruth Finnegan

    9. Narratives of the Southwest Indian Ocean: Commonalities and Localizations

    Lee Haring

    10. Fairy Tales and Folklore in South Africa

    Nadia van der Westhuizen

    11. Strangers and Defiant Maids: Empire and the African Folk Narrative

    Andrew Teverson

    12. West African Magical Realism Among the Wonder Genres

    Kim Anderson Sasser

    13. Francophone Fairy Tales in West Africa and the Caribbean: Colonizing and Reclaiming Tradition

    Lewis C. Seifert

    14. This is Not a Fairy Tale: Anansi and the Web of Narrative Power

    Emily Zobel Marshall

    15. Decolonizing the Curriculum: African Fairy Tales and Literacies

    Vivian Yenika-Agbaw

    Part III: The Americas

    16. Myths and Folktales in Latin America

    John Bierhorst

    17. The Politics and Poetics of Märchen in Hawaiian-Language Newspapers

    Marie Alohalani Brown

    18. The American Dream: Walt Disney’s Fairy Tales

    Tracey Mollet

    19. African-American Adaptations of Fairy Tales

    Neal A. Lester

    20. Sexes, Sexualities, and Gender in Cinematic North and South American Fairy Tales: Transforming Cinderellas

    Pauline Greenhill

    21. Gender, Sexuality and the Fairy Tale in Contemporary American Literature

    Jeana Jorgensen

    22. Fairy Tales and Digital Culture

    Brittany Warman

    23. Fairy Tale, Fan Fiction, and Popular Media

    Anne Kustritz

    Part IV: Asia and Australasia

    24. Fairy-Tale Worlds of South Asia

    Sadhana Naithani

    25. Lovely Fairies and Crafty Ghosts in Indian Tales

    Pamela Lothspeich

    26. Fairy Tale in the Bollywood Film

    Vijay Mishra

    27. Fairy Tales in China: An Ongoing Evolution

    Juwen Zhang

    28. The Fairy Tale in Contemporary Japanese Literature and Art

    Mayako Murai

    29. Memory, Trauma and History: Fairy-Tale Film in Korea

    Sung-Ae Lee

    30. Fairies in a Strange Land: Colonization, Migration, and the Invention of the Australian Fairy Tale

    Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario

    31. Renegotiating ‘Once Upon a Time’: Fairy Tales in Contemporary Australian Writing

    Danielle Wood

    Part V: Europe

    32. The European Sources of the Fairy Tale: A Case Study of ATU 171, "The Three Bears"

    Rose Williamson

    33. "No Fairy Tales of Their Own?": The English and the Fairy Tale from Thoms to Jacobs

    Jonathan Rope

    34. Fairy Tales as Children’s Literature in The Netherlands And Flanders

    Vanessa Joosen

    35. Eco-Critical Perspectives: Nature and the Supernatural in the Cinderella Cycle

    Nicole A. Thesz

    36. Tales Retold: Fairy Tales in Contemporary European Visual Art

    Sarah Bonner

    37. New Materialism and Contemporary Fairy-Tale Fiction

    Amy Greenhough

    38. Of Genres and Geopolitics: the European Fairy Tale and the Global Novel

    Kimberly J. Lau


    Andrew Teverson is Professor of English and Head of the School of Arts, Culture and Communication at Kingston University, UK.