Academic journal article Marvels & Tales

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Academic journal article Marvels & Tales

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From the early modern French tales to the Brothers Grimm to contemporary rewritings in fiction, comics, and film, this issue of Marvels & Tales explores the functions of color symbolism, magic, class dynamics, translation, and metanarrative techniques in the fairy tale. Although the color red can serve as a thread connecting Charles Perrault's "Little Red Riding Hood" to possible medieval variants or sources, the color black in the Grimms taps into a history of colorism that intertwines with European racism. In tales by the conteuses, we learn that magic does not always carry the same function from author to author, and it can shed light on different notions of female agency Whereas the first essays of this issue focus on different approaches to tales by the 1690s conteuses, Perrault, and the Grimms, the later essays look at ways in which classical tales are reimagined by Charlotte Bronte, the working-class writer Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, Angela Carter, Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly, and Spanish filmmaker Pablo Berger. …

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