- From the Editor
With this issue I am pleased to announce that Ulrich Marzolph (University of Göttingen) and Maria Nikolajeva (Stockholm University) have joined the editorial board of Marvels & Tales. The addition of these distinguished scholars reflects the journal's commitment to both the interdisciplinary nature and the international scope of fairy-tale studies. The expertise of Maria Nikolajeva embraces children's literature and fantasy, as well as Scandinavian and Slavic fairy-tale traditions, while the expertise of Ulrich Marzolph encompasses folk narrative and extends to the Middle East. For the year 2003, Professor Marzolph will edit a special issue of Marvels &Tales focusing on the Arabian Nights.
Ona much more somber note, the editorial board of Marvels&Tales laments the passing of Rudolf Schenda on 14 October 2000. Professor Schenda, retired head of the department of Europäische Volksliteratur at the University of Zürich, had served as editor of Fabula as well as of the Enzyklopädie des Märchens. He was the foremost scholar in the sociological interpretation of folk narrative and gave us such important works as Volk ohne Buch: Studien zur Sozialgeschichte der populären Lesestoffe 1779-1910 (1970) and Von Mund zu Ohr: Bausteine zu einer Kulturgeschichte volkstümlichen Erzählens in Europa (1993). In addition to having been a scholar of highest stature, Rudolf Schenda was also, in the words of an editorial board member, "a rare person, kind, generous, and wise." [End Page 7]