Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies

Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies

Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies

Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies

Synopsis

"An extraordinary book, and a 'first' on the topic.... Bacchilega has a remarkable capacity to reveal the intersections of folklore, literature, and film. Her interpretations of classical folk-tale types and their postmodern revisions... are stunning."--Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota

Excerpt

This book began a number of years ago (inexplicably to her, even before Bruna was conceived) and I am grateful for the many institutional, textual, and personal encounters which transformed both me and the book on my long way to writing it.

I want to acknowledge the National Endowment for the Humanities for its financial support; the Enzyklopddie des Marchens for the competence and generosity with which it makes folktale materials accessible; the University of Indiana for access to its collections; the University of Hawai’i for its travel grants; and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa English Department for its instructional support, research reductions, and collegiality.

I greatly benefited from reading groups, especially women’s. I owe the deepening of my interest in feminist studies to long, passionate discussions within the interdisciplinary Feminist Theory Group at the University of Hawai’i in the mid-eighties. And the intensity and integrity of the group experience which Aili Nenola generated in a wonderful “Rituals and Women’s Studies” seminar during the 1993 Folklore Fellows’ Summer School in Turku, Finland, was inspirational. I thank her; participants Silé De Cléir, Satu Gröndahl, Marja-Liisa Keinänen, and Mwîkali Kieti; and Barbara Babcock, visiting faculty.

Responses, challenges, and questions I encountered in my teaching were invaluable. In particular, I thank Lori Amy, Linda Middleton, Cheryl Renfroe, and Russell Shitabata, now scholars in their own right; those who participated in my “Postmodern Wonders: Gender and Narrativity” seminar for the 1991 International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structural Studies; Honors and graduate students at the University of Hawai’i whose growing enthusiasm over the years led me further into the uncanny territory of postmodern fairy tales; and the exceptionally engaged group of . . .

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