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1st Edition

The Fairy Tale World

Edited By

Andrew Teverson

ISBN 9781032475707
Published January 21, 2023 by Routledge
504 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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