Marvels & Tales

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 2, 2009

Adaptations of Folktales and Motifs in Madame d'Aulnoy's Contes: A Brief Survey of Influence and Diffusion
Nearly all the stories by Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy (1650-1705) contain identifiable tale types. This is clear upon examining her tales in conjunction with seminal works of classification such as Stith Thompson's Motif-Index of FolkLiterature (1932-1936),...
Adventures into Otherness: Child Metamorphs in Late Twentieth-Century Children's Literature
Adventures into Otherness: Child Metamorphs in Late Twentieth-Century Children's Literature. By Maria Lassén-Seger. Abo, Finland: Äbo Akademi Press, 2006. 269 pp.A recurrent inquiry in recent scholarship on children's literature is how the child protagonist...
An Anthology of American Folktales and Legends
An Anthology of American Folktales and Legends. Edited by Frank de Caro. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2009. 358 pp.As Frank de Caro, professor emeritus in English at Louisiana State University, states in his preface, he set out "to present authentic, authoritative...
Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men of Fairy Tales
Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men of Fairy Tales. Edited by Kate Bernheimer, with a foreword by María Tatar and an afterword by fack Zipes. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2007. xx + 191 pp.You know these brothers. You've met them before,...
Contemporary Fiction and the Fairy Tale
Contemporary Fiction and the Fairy Tale. Edited by Stephen Benson. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2008. 209 pp.Kevin Paul Smith opened his study The Postmodern Fairytale (2007) by quoting A. S. Byatt: "The novel in the nineteenth and twentieth...
Critical Exchanges
Fairy-tale studies are made especially interesting by the controversies that inevitably accompany them. Accordingly, Marvels & Tales will publish critical exchanges between readers and authors. Concise, professional responses that augment, develop,...
Devils, Demons, Familiars, Friends: Toward a Semiotics of Literary Cats
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,The reason, I tell you, is always the same:His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplationOf the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:His ineffable effableEffanineffableDeep and inscrutable singular...
Eliseo Diego and Fairy Tales
Translator's IntroductionEliseo Diego (1920-1994) is celebrated in Cuba and throughout the Spanishspeaking world for his lyric poetry and short fiction, and also for his studies and translations of fairy tales.1 His immersion in fairy tales was both...
Elusive Childhood: Impossible Representations in Modern Fiction
Elusive Childhood: Impossible Representations in Modern Fiction. By Susan Honeyman. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2005. 208 pp.Susan Honeyman's Elusive Childhood is an ambitious book that considers various representations of childhood within...
Fairy-Tale Science: Monstrous Generation in the Tales of Straparola and Basile
Fairy-Tale Science: Monstrous Generation in the Tales of Straparola and Basile. By Suzanne Magnanini. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008. 224 pp.It is only appropriate that this review appear in Marvels & Tales, for Suzanne Magnanini's latest...
Functions of Textile and Sartorial Artifacts in Russian Folktales
My Love in her attire doth show her wit,It doth so well become her:For every season she has dressing fit,For winter, spring and summer.No beauty she doth miss,When all her robes are on;But beauty's self she is,When all her robes are gone.- Anonymous...
Luigi Capuana's Search for the New Fairy Tale
Translator's IntroductionAs Gina Miele has pointed out in her essay, "Luigj. Capuana: Unlikely Spinner of Fairy Tales?" in this issue of Marvels & Tales, Capuana wanted to recapture the essence of the old, authentic fairy tale when he began writing...
Luigi Capuana: Unlikely Spinner of Fairy Tales?
Le fiabe saranno il lavoro pel quale probabilmente vivra il mio nome.[Fairy tales will probably be the work through which my name will live on.]- Luigi Capuana, December 31, 1882Luigi Capuana s first collection of fairy tales appeared on the market in...
Raja Nal and the Goddess: The North Indian Epic Dhola in Performance
Raja Nal and the Goddess: The North Indian Epic Dhola in Performance. By Susan Snow Wadley. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 2004, 242 pp.Susan Wadley's book Raja NaI and the Goddess is a study of a north Indian oral epic, Dhola, and is based on...
Ramayana Stories in Modern South India: An Anthology
Ramayana Stories in Modern South India: An Anthology. Edited by Paula Richman. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008. 258 pp.Compiled and edited by Paula Richman, Ramayana Stories in Modern South Asia: An Anthology is a combination of primary texts...
Seductions in Narrative: Subjectivity and Desire in the Works of Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson
Seductions in Narrative: Subjectivity and Desire in the Works of Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson. By Gemma López. Youngstown, NY: Cambría Press, 2007. xv + 297 pp.The sexy title, Seductions in Narrative, and the sexy cover, a deep purple background...
Some Day Your Witch Will Come
Some Day Your Witch Will Come. By Kay Stone. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2008. 342 pp.I was familiar with Kay Stone's work on women and fairy tales, having used it in my teaching and feminist fairy-tale research; however, I was unaware of...
Suddenly They Heard Footsteps: Storytelling for the Twenty-First Century
Suddenly They Heard Footsteps: Storytelling for the Twenty-first Century. By Dan Yashinsky. fackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004. xviii + 317 pp.Yashinsky calls himself a "storm fool," a wanderer who carries tales from one place to another,...
Tangled Up in Blue: Liz Lochhead's Grimm Sisters Tales
The work of Scottish writer Liz Lochhead is emphatically concerned with the patriarchal inflexions of "cultural memory and legend" (Varty 644). Developing subversive narrative strategies that enabled her to explore the relations between traditional stories...
The Collected Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales of Giuseppe Pitrè
The Collected Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales of Giuseppe Pitrè. Edited and translated by Jack Zipes and Joseph Russo. Illustrated by Carmelo Lettere. New York: Routledge, 2009. 2 volumes, xxviii + 1003 pp.In this monumental two-volume set, running to...
The Enchantress of Florence
The Enchantress of Florence. By Salman Rushdie. New York Random House, 2008. 358 pp.In his latest novel, The Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie weaves a multilayered, multicentered, and multivocal story in which historical events and adventures...
The Golden Thread: Storytelling in Teaching and Learning
The Golden Thread: Storytelling in Teaching and Learning. By Susan Danojj. Kingston, NJ: Storytelling Arts Press, 2006. 1 75 pp.Susan Danoff has produced a small, sparkling gem of a book that addresses not so much the "how to" as the why of storytelling...
The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale
The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale. By Caroline Sumpter. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 254 pp.Caroline Sumpter's The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale is an amazing study of the role the press played to keep fairy tales in continual circulation...
What Happened to the Heroines in Folktales? an Analysis by Gender of a Multicultural Sample of Published Folktales Collected from Storytellers
Although the gender/sex question has diminished in importance in fields such as women's studies, folk and fairy-tale studies, and folklore (Boyd, "Jane" 1), this question remains prominent in fields such as sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, and...