Fairy Tales Transformed?
Twenty-First-Century Adaptations and the Politics of Wonder
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Wayne State University Press
Series: Series in Fairy-Tale Studies
Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
Introduction. The Fairy-Tale Web: Intertextual and Multimedial Practices in Globalized Culture, a Geopolitics of Inequality, and (Un) Predictable Links
In 2005 the Bloomingdale’s holiday window display in New York City featured eight popular fairy-tale scenes, ranging from “Cinderella” to “Aladdin.” Highlights of what in that context was a mixed bag of traditions—narrative, festive, commercial, and touristic—remain viewable on About.com Travel to New York City Guide as a series of ten images. The “Cinderella” scene is tagged “Imagine...
1. Activist Responses: Adaptation, Remediation, and Relocation
What is “adaptation”? And what does conceptualizing it to approach a fairy-tale
web of reading and writing practices enable?
Experientially, we know we are dealing with an adaptation when in reading, listening to, or viewing a narrative text we recognize its close resemblance with, or immediately connect it with, another text, at the same time that we acknowledge...
2. Double Exposures: Reading (in) Fairy-Tale Films
In the twenty-first century, we tell, receive, retell, reject, recall, look for stories, and are touched, surprised, repelled, inspired, and mobilized by them in what Henry Jenkins has described as convergence culture, “where old and new media collide, where grassroots and corporate media intersect, where the power of the...
3. Fairy-Tale Remix in Film: Genres, Histories, and Economies
While folklorists often define the fairy tale as transporting us to a storyworld where the supernatural is never questioned and the audience’s absolute suspension of disbelief is required, recent fairy-tale films seem to thrive on blurring the boundaries of and raising questions about the relationship between fantasy and reality. Some fairy-tale films have also relocated fairy tales and their heroines...
4. Resituating The Arabian Nights: Challenges and Promises of Translation
[Scheherazade] avait un courage au-dessus de son sexe, de l’esprit infiniment avec une pénétration admirable. Elle avait beaucoup de lecture et une mémoire si prodigieuse, que rien ne lui était échappé de tout ce...
Epilogue: The Politics of Wonder
You probably know this tale, but it’s worth retelling.
One winter, when the snow was deep, a poor boy had to go outside with his sled to gather wood. After he had finally collected enough wood and had piled it on his sled, he was so frozen he decided not to go home right away. He thought he would instead make a fire to warm himself up a bit. So he began scraping the snow away, and as...