Marvels & Tales

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, 2011

A Giant's Garden: Special "Fairy Tales" Issue
A Giant's Garden: Special "Fairy Tales" Issue. Edited by Naomi Wood. The Oscholars, Spring 2009. www.oscholars.com/TO/Specials/Tales/ToC.htm.Apart from Jarlath Killeen's recent work The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (2007), the two volumes of the fairy...
Animal-Human Hybridity in d'Aulnoy's "Babiole" and "Prince Wild Boar"
It is hardly a revelation that animals are prominent in folk- and fairy tales. Appearing as protagonists, helpers, or antagonists, the Ugly Duckling, Puss in Boots, and Little Red Riding Hood's wolf, among so many other animals, are central to what we...
An Interview with Jacques Barchilon: From Free French Soldier to Fairy-Tale Pioneer
After a series of correspondence, and a gesture of great generosity on his part, I finally got to meet Jacques Barchilon in person. In September 2009 I happened to be in Paris at the same time as Jacques and his wife, Judith, and I had the great pleasure...
Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works
Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works. Edited by Phyllis Frus and Christy Williams. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. 216 pp.As the title of this collection suggests, the editors and contributors have attempted to broaden...
Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition
Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition. By Casie E. Hermansson. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009. 289 pp.Casie E. Hermansson's most useful survey, Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition, shows how very ubiquitous...
Bluebeard Gothic: Jane Eyre and Its Progeny
Bluebeard Gothic: Jane Eyre and Its Progeny. By Heta Pyrhönen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010. 277 pp.Heta Pyrhönen's Bluebeard Gothic: Jane Eyre and Its Progeny offers an extremely intelligent understanding of the functions and processes...
Erfahrung Schrieb's Und Reicht's der Jugend: Geschichte der Deutschen Kinder- Und Jugendliteratur Vom 18. Bis Zum 20. Jahrhundert. Gesammelte Beiträge Aus Drei Jahrzehnten
Erfahrung schrieb's und reicht's der Jugend: Geschichte der deutschen Kinder- und Jugendliteratur vom 18. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert. Gesammelte Beiträge aus drei Jahrzehnten. By Hans-Heino Ewers. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010. 336 pp.Notwithstanding...
From the Editors
Little in the field of fairy-tale studies is totally new One genuinely innovative event, however, was without question Jacques Barchilon's founding of Merveilles et contes in 1987. To be sure, Barchilón had been inspired by Fabula: Zeitschrift für Erzählforschung/Journal...
George Cruikshank's Graphic and Textual Reactions to Mother Goose
In his Fairy Library, published between 1853 and 1864, George Cruikshank rewrote and illustrated three tales from Charles Perrault's Histoires ou contes du temps passé (Tales from Times Past): "Le Petit Poucet" ("Hop O' My Thumb"), "Le Chat botté" ("Puss...
"I Spy Rumpelstiltskin": Playing Games with the Reader in the Witch's Boy
In the beginning of Michael Gruber's The Witch's Boy (2005), an old wise woman, on finding an abandoned baby near her cottage in a deep forest, reminds readers about the conventions of storytelling: "Don't you know that witches are supposed to eat babies,...
L'âge D'or Du Conte De Fées: De la Comédie À la Critique (1690-1709)
L'âge d'or du conte de fées: De la comédie à la critique (1690-1709). Edited by Nathalie Rizzoni, Julie Boch, and Nadine Jasmin. Paris: Honoré Champion, 2007. 621 pp.This volume of texts and criticism opens with three comedies related to fairies and...
Le Texte Littéraire: Pour Une Approche Interdisciplinaire
Le texte littéraire: Pour une approche interdisciplinaire. By Jean-Michel Adam and Ute Heidmann. Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium: Academia Bruylant, 2009. (Série: Au coeur des textes)This coauthored book reflects the fruitful collaboration of the linguist...
Naming the Helper: Maternal Concerns and the Queen's Incorrect Guesses in the Grimms' "Rumpelstiltskin"
Given three days to guess the name of the diminutive figure who spun straw into gold for her and now claims her child, the miller's daughter in the Grimms' "Rumpelstilzchen" - or, as known in English, "Rumpelstiltskin" - first guesses that his name is...
Reckless: Steinernes Fleisch/Reckless
Reckless: Steinernes Fleisch. By Cornelia Funke. Hamburg: Cecilie Dressler Verlag, 2010. 349 pp.Reckless. By Cornelia Funke. New York: Little, Brown, 2010. 394 pp.While questing for treasures, the hero of the Grimm tale "The Golden Bird" (AT 550) enlists...
Sendbad-Name
Sendbad-name. By Mohammad 'Ali Zahiri Samarqandi. Edited by Mohammad Baqer Kamaloddini. Tehran: Miras-e maktub, 2002. 56 + 311 pp.The Book of Sindbad (in Persian Sendbad-name), also known in the West as The Seven Sages (of Rome), is an ancient "Oriental"...
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. By Philip Pullman. New York: Canongate, 2010. 256 pp.Pullman retells the story of Jesus Christ as that of two twins, but, rather than cast as opposites, or, as the title suggests, as good and evil twins, both...
The Meaning of Fairy Tale within the Evolution of Culture
Fairy Tale signifies belief m the supernatural, not the suspension of belief. We all believe in the extra-ordinary of Once Upon a Time. We need to believe. We breathe through our tales.- Vincenzo di KastiauxThink of a gigantic whale soaring through the...
The Place of Lewis Carroll in Children's Literature
The Place of Lewis Carroll in Children's Literature. By Jan Susina. New York: Routledge, 2010. 232 pp.About a dozen years ago, Jan Susina and I spent an afternoon with the late Martin Gardner. As longtime admirers of Gardner's Annotated Alice, we relished...
Thomas-Simon Gueullette: Contes
Thomas-Simon Gueullette: Contes. Edition critique établi sous la direction de Jean-François Perrin. 3 vols. Paris: Honoré Champion, 2010. 2,396 pp.Thomas-Simon Gueullette (1683-1766) is not a household name in the twenty-first century, but during his...