Marvels & Tales

Marvels & Tales
Volume 17, Number 2, 2003


Contents

Articles

    Martin, Laura, 1961-
  • The Rübezahl Legend in Benedikte Naubert and Johann Karl August Musäus
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    Subject Headings:
    • Naubert, Benedikte, 1756-1819.
    • Musäus, Johann Karl August, 1735-1787.
    • Rübezahl (Legendary character)
    Abstract:
      This comparison of Rübezahl tales by Benedikte Naubert and Johann Karl August Musäus shows that each tale presents a system of beliefs implicit in the language and narrative structure, and in the depiction of men and women, Gentile and Jew. Naubert's work represents more truly some of the values of the Enlightenment, in its positive depiction of humane treatment of others and tolerance of class, racial, and sexual difference. He work subverts gender roles, which Musäus's story seeks to enshrine. Thus two important myths of our times are debunked: one, that enlightened thought comes exclusively from the upper echelons of the male educated classes; and two, that the German Volk expressed unanimously these early nationalistic and anti-Semitic sentiments, as Robert Darnton claims.
    Chainani, Soman.
  • Sadeian Tragedy: The Politics of Content Revision in Angela Carter's "Snow Child"
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    Subject Headings:
    • Carter, Angela, 1940- Snow child.
    • Snow White (Tale) -- History and criticism.
    Abstract:
      Marked by its rich revision of the stepmother archetype and ambitious attempt to infuse the classic fairy-tale structure with feminist subtext, Angela Carter's "Snow Child" provides a significant opportunity to move beyond current heroine-focused analyses of the postmodern fairy-tale genre. This study closely examines Carter's model of revision for "Snow Child," which attempts to deconstruct fairy-tale and pornographic archetypes simultaneously by tracing their origin to the same source. By using Carter's The Sadeian Woman as a companion text, we can determine her success in using subtext to dismantle three binary archetypes hidden in the Snow White tales: mother-daughter, sister-sister, virgin-whore.

Texts and Translations

    Zipes, Jack David.
  • Laura Gonzenbach and Her Forgotten Treasure of Sicilian Fairy Tales
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gonzenbach, Laura, 1842-1878. Sicilianische Märchen.
    Abstract:
      The largely forgotten collection of Sicilian fairy tales published by Laura Gonzenbach in 1870 is perhaps the most important collection of tales in the nineteenth century. An introduction to Gonzenbach's treasury of Sicilian tales describes the background and significance of her work, and a translation of the tale "Sorfarina" exemplifies the many tales in Gonzenbach's collection that portray resolute and clever women who take destiny into their own hands.
    Amin, Jhanara.
    Omar, Wahid, tr.
  • The Golden Necklace
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fiction.
    Abstract:
      This tale was collected from Jhanara Amin, who learned the art of storytelling in her childhood from the professional storyteller Mohammad Anwar. "The Golden Necklace"--an Afghan variant of AT 403, The Black and the While Bride--illustrates the role played by women in maintaining the oral tradition of Afghanistan, which continues today despite the wars.
    Caballero, Fernán, 1796-1877.
    Fedorchek, Robert M., 1938-, tr.
  • The Souls in Purgatory
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fiction.
    Abstract:
      This translation of "Las ánimas" is representative of the collection Cuentos andaluces (Andalusian Tales, 1859) by Cecilia Böhl de Faber, a nineteenth-century Spanish novelist and folklorist. It is yet another example of a Spanish adaptation (like others of hers and several by Antonio de Trueba) of a tale from another country, in this instance a variation on the Grimms' "The Three Spinners."
    Valera, Juan, 1824-1905.
    Fedorchek, Robert M., 1938-, tr.
  • The Queen Mother
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fiction.
    Abstract:
      This story by the nineteenth-century Spanish author Juan Valera appears in his Cuentos y chascarrillos andaluces (Humorous Andalusian Stories and Tales, 1896). In the prologue he states that all the selections come directly from the oral tradition of southern Spain and that some are notable for their "coarseness and crudeness" (crudeza y grosería), and some, like this one, triggered by an embarrassing mishap, for their earthy sense of humor.

Reviews

    Salvador, Normie.
  • The Big Book of Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fleming, Robert Loren. Big book of urban legends by Jan Harold Brunvand.
    • Brunvand, Jan Harold.
    • Boyd, Robert F., Jr.
    • Comic books, strips, etc.
    Carlos, 1945-
  • Moral Fictions: Tamil Folktales in Oral Tradition (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Blackburn, Stuart H. Moral fictions: Tamil folktales in oral tradition.
    • Tales -- India -- Tamil Nadu.
    Felton, Debbie.
  • Ariadne's Thread: A Guide to International Tales Found in Classical Literature (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hansen, William F., 1941- Ariadne's thread: a guide to international tales found in classical literature.
    • Tales -- Classification.
    Dworkin, Victoria G.
  • Tales, Then and Now: More Folktales as Literary Fictions for Young Adults (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Altmann, Anna E. Tales, then and now: more folktales as literary fictions for young adults.
    • De Vos, Gail, 1949-
    • Folklore in literature.
    Schacker, Jennifer.
  • Imagined States: Nationalism, Utopia, and Longing in Oral Cultures (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Del Giudice, Luisa, ed. Imagined states: nationalism, utopia, and longing in oral cultures.
    • Porter, Gerald, 1946-, ed.
    • Oral tradition.
    Nicolaisen, W. F. H.
  • Scottish Traveller Tales: Lives Shaped through Stories (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Braid, Donald. Scottish traveller tales: lives shaped through stories.
    • Tales -- Scotland.



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