Marvels & Tales

Marvels & Tales
Volume 18, Number 1, 2004

CONTENTS

Articles

    Redies, Sünje.
  • Return with New Complexities: Robert Coover's Briar Rose
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    Subject Headings:
    • Coover, Robert. Briar rose.
    • Sleeping Beauty (Tale) in literature.
    Abstract:
      This essay analyzes the use of postmodernist literary techniques in Robert Coover's novella Briar Rose. Metafiction, destabilization of diegesis, and conscious intertextuality are ways of engaging with literary traditions. As a metafictional narrative, Briar Rose reveals and flaunts the mechanisms of fictional creation of meaning. The result is a demystification of the fairy tale, retracing its history and questioning its standard interpretations. Coover's text stresses the sexual implications of the Sleeping Beauty tale and explores the workings of desire as a driving force of the story and its narration.
    Deszcz, Justyna.
  • Salman Rushdie's Magical Kingdom: The Moor's Last Sigh and Fairy-Tale Utopia
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rushdie, Salman. Moor's last sigh.
    • Fairy tales in literature.
    Abstract:
      This essay discusses how The Moor's Last Sigh (1995) can be regarded as Salman Rushdie's attempt to use a combination of Western and Eastern fairy-tale intertexts, including Washington Irving's The Alhambra (1832), to create his own fairy tale about utopian worlds, through which he participates in the postcolonial resistance to Euro-American representations of the Other. The concept of fairy-tale utopia used here draws from Ernst Bloch's notion of the utopian imagination. Although Rushdie delays the realization of his venture until the future, the novel's ending may be seen as a time-gaining operation legitimizing his postcolonial practice and providing him with an opportunity to fashion his own vision of India.
    Ross, Deborah.
  • Escape from Wonderland: Disney and the Female Imagination
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    Subject Headings:
    • Walt Disney Productions. Alice in Wonderland (Motion picture : 1951)
    • Walt Disney Company. Little mermaid (Motion picture)
    • Walt Disney Company. Beauty and the beast (Motion picture : 1991)
    • Imagination in motion pictures.
    Abstract:
      Three animated Disney features, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, are shown here to reflect an ambivalence about freedom of imagination that may confuse young female viewers. The essay compares these three "girls' movies" with their fairy-tale sources and connects them to similarly ambivalent female narratives of an earlier time, particularly Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote. It further suggests that adults concerned about these movies' effects on children ought to look closely at the relationship among elements of dialogue, plot, and image.
    Hixon, Martha P.
  • Tam Lin, Fair Janet, and the Sexual Revolution: Traditional Ballads, Fairy Tales, and Twentieth-Century Children's Literature
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    Subject Headings:
    • Tam Lin -- History and criticism.
    • Tam Lin (Legendary character)
    • Ipcar, Dahlov Zorach, 1917- Queen of spells.
    • Jones, Diana Wynne. Fire and hemlock.
    • Dean, Pamela, 1953- Tam Lin.
    Abstract:
      Ballad tales, like fairy tales, perform a sociocultural function in that they exemplify standard codes of behavior in a given society. Also like fairy tales, ballads have been the subject of the late-twentieth-century impulse to break down, reconstruct, and rewrite the traditional tales, either to appropriate the emotional cores of the tales through borrowing motifs, characters, or plot, or else to update the stories for new social agendas and values. This study looks at the sociocultural function of "Tam Lin," first in its traditional balladric format and then as it became modified and reconstructed in the twentieth century by authors and editors working in the field of children's literature.

Texts & Translations

    Castroviejo, Concha.
    Fedorchek, Robert M., 1938-, tr.
  • The Weaver of Dreams
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fiction.
    • This translation of "La tejedora de sueños" is representative of the collection El jardín de las siete puertas (The Garden with Seven Gates, 1961) by the twentieth-century Spanish author and journalist Concha Castroviejo. Like many another tale of wonder and enchantment, it tells the story of a lone little girl who ventures deep into a forest, and in this case it is to learn an occupation.

Reviews

    Silver, Carole G.
  • English Fairy Tales and More English Fairy Tales (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Jacobs, Joseph, 1854-1916. English fairy tales and more English fairy tales.
    • Haase, Donald, ed.
    • Fairy tales -- England.
    Kroeker, Julie Walsh.
  • Marshall Islands Legends and Stories (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Aisea, Tonke. Marshall Islands legends and stories.
    • Kelin, Daniel A., ed.
    • Legends -- Marshall Islands.
    Martin, Laura, 1961-
  • Märchen und Meta-Märchen: Zur Poetik der "Volksmärchen der Deutschen" von Johann Karl August Musäus (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kubisiak, Malgorzata. Märchen und Meta-Märchen: zur Poetik der "Volksmärchen der Deutschen" von Johann Karl August Musäus.
    • Musäus, Johann Karl August, 1735-1787. Volksmärchen der Deutschen.
    Seifert, Lewis Carl.
  • Contes tendres, contes cruels du Sahel nigérien (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Calame-Griaule, Geneviève, ed. Contes tendres, contes cruels du Sahel nigérien.
    • Songhai (African people) -- Folklore.
    Zipes, Jack David.
  • Le conte de fées littéraire en France de la fin du XVIIe à la fin du XVIIIe siècle (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Robert, Raymonde. Conte de fées littéraire en France de la fin du XVIIe à la fin du XVIIIe siècle.
    • Jasmin, Nadine.
    • Debru, Claire.
    • Fairy tales -- France -- History and criticism.
    Duggan, Anne E.
  • Naissance du conte féminin: Mots et Merveilles: Les Contes de fées de Madame d'Aulnoy (1690-1698) (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Jasmin, Nadine. Naissance du conte féminin: mots et merveilles: les contes de fées de Madame d'Aulnoy (1690-1698)
    • Aulnoy, Madame d' (Marie-Catherine), 1650 or 51-1705 -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Susina, Jan.
  • Boys and Girls Forever: Children's Classics from Cinderella to Harry Potter (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lurie, Alison. Boys and girls forever: children's classics from Cinderella to Harry Potter.
    • Children's stories, English -- History and criticism.
    Harries, Elizabeth Wanning.
  • Cycles of Influence: Fiction, Folktale, Theory (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Benson, Stephen (Stephen Frank) Cycles of influence: fiction, folktale, theory.
    • Literature and folklore.
    Preston, Cathy.
  • Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Orenstein, Catherine, 1968- Little Red Riding Hood uncloaked: sex, morality, and the evolution of a fairy tale.
    • Little Red Riding Hood (Tale)

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