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In this, the first collection of essays to address the development of fairy tale film as a genre, Pauline Greenhill and Sidney Eve Matrix stress, "the mirror of fairy-tale film reflects not so much what its audience members actually are but how they see themselves and their potential to develop (or, likewise, to regress)." As Jack Zipes says further in the foreword, “Folk and fairy tales pervade our lives constantly through television soap operas and commercials, in comic books and cartoons, in school plays and storytelling performances, in our superstitions and prayers for miracles, and in our dreams and daydreams. The artistic re-creations of fairy-tale plots and characters in film—the parodies, the aesthetic experimentation, and the mixing of genres to engender new insights into art and life— mirror possibilities of estranging ourselves from designated roles, along with the conventional patterns of the classical tales.”

Here, scholars from film, folklore, and cultural studies move discussion beyond the well-known Disney movies to the many other filmic adaptations of fairy tales and to the widespread use of fairy tale tropes, themes, and motifs in cinema.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-9
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  1. Foreword: Grounding the Spell: The Fairy Tale Film and Transformation
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Introduction: Envisioning Ambiguity: Fairy Tale Films
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 1. Mixing It Up: Generic Complexity and Gender Ideology in Early Twenty-first Century Fairy Tale Films
  2. pp. 23-41
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  1. 2. Building the Perfect Product: The Commodification of Childhood in Contemporary Fairy Tale Film
  2. pp. 42-59
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  1. 3. The Parallelism of the Fantastic and the Real: Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth/El Laberinto del fauno and Neomagical Realism
  2. pp. 60-78
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  1. 4. Fitting the Glass Slipper: A Comparative Study of the Princess's Role in the Harry Potter Novels and Films
  2. pp. 79-98
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  1. 5. The Shoe Still Fits: Ever After and the Pursuit of a Feminist Cinderella
  2. pp. 99-115
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  1. 6. Mourning Mothers and Seeing Siblings: Feminism and Place in The Juniper Tree
  2. pp. 116-136
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  1. 7. Disney's Enchanted: Patriarchal Backlash and Nostalgia in a Fairy Tale Film
  2. pp. 137-156
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  1. 8. Fairy Tale Film in the Classroom: Feminist Cultural Pedagogy, Angela Carter, and Neil Jordan's The Company of Wolves
  2. pp. 157-177
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  1. 9. A Secret Midnight Ball and a Magic Cloak of Invisibility: The Cinematic Folklore of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut
  2. pp. 178-197
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  1. 10. Tim Burton and the Idea of Fairy Tales
  2. pp. 198-218
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  1. List of Tale Types and Literary Stories
  2. pp. 219-220
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 221-238
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 239-243
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 245-247
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-263
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874217827
Related ISBN
9780874217810
MARC Record
OCLC
676698480
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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