Marvels & Tales

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, 2008

Bloody Chambers and Labyrinths of Desire: Sexual Violence in Marina Warner's Fairy Tales and Myths
Introduction: Revisionist Myths and Fairy TalesIn August 2004 Marina Warner read fifteen of her favorite poems at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. One was a passage from Ovid's Metamorphoses that told the story of the rape of Thetis, the sea nymph....
Bodies: Sex, Violence, Disease, and Death in Contemporary Legend
Bodies: Sex, Violence, Disease, and Death in Contemporary Legend. By Gillian Bennett. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2005. xv + 313 pp., index.Gillian Bennett begins her remarkable book with the following identification: "I am a folklorist...
Catalogue of Portuguese Folktales
Catalogue of Portuguese Folktales. By Isabel Cardigos with the collaboration of Paulo Correla and J. J. Dias Marques. FFC 291. Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, 2006. 406 pp.With this catalog, Portugal claims its rightful place in international folktale...
Corporealizing Fairy Tales: The Body, the Bawdy, and the Carnivalesque in the Comic Book Fables
Historically there has been little space in the discipline of folkloristics for the study of the American comic book. This was the case in 1980 when Alex Scobie wrote that folklorists "have not evinced the same degree of interest as has been shown by...
Erotic Infidelities: Angela Carter's Wolf Trilogy
The erotic always carries with it a certain discontent. Circumscribed by the hegemonic, it can only ever be a profound disappointment so long as it remains mired in heternormative gender conventions, limited by, or to, phallocentric fantasy. Audre Lorde...
Fiabe Sgarrupate
Fiabe sgarrupate. By Marcello D'Oria. Venezia: Marsilio, 2005. 186 pp.An Italian writer from the Naples area, Marcello D'Orta is well known in Italy, especially for his Io Speriamo che me la cavo (1991), a compilation of fifthgrade essays from one of...
"Fitcher's [Queer] Bird": A Fairy-Tale Heroine and Her Avatars
I was not raised to think that some day my prince would come. I did not even see the Disney Snow White until I was working on my BA. I didn't identify with princesses. I was two and a half when my grandmother gave me my first folktale book, Fairy Tales...
Good Girls and Wicked Witches: Women in Disney's Feature Animation
Good Girls and Wicked Witches: Women in Disney's Feature Animation. By Amy M. Davis. Eastleigh, UK: John Libbey, 2006. Distributed by Indiana University Press in the United States. 274 pp.The title of this book is somewhat misleading. It seems to indicate...
Guilty Pleasures: Reading Romance Novels as Reworked Fairy Tales
Alternately dismissed as "trash," "smut," or "women's pornography," popular romance novels-and their readers-are often criticized, marginalized, and mocked. These novels, however, are the most popular of all genres of fiction. The statistics are staggering....
Innocent Initiations: Female Agency in Eroticized Fairy Tales
Obscene and bawdy folklore has suffered a long history of neglect and censorship. In 1965 Gershon Legman lamented the "prudery-ridden" reception of Aleksandr Afanas'ev's Russian Secret Tales - a collection of bawdy Russian folktales with a troubled publication...
Intellectualizing Smut: The Role of Tradition in Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty
In 1983, Anne Rice, under the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaure, published the first of aseries of erotic novels about Sleeping Beauty. Her 1983 The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty was followed by Beauty's Punishment in 1984, and Beauty's Release in 1985. Since...
Logica Della Fiaba: Fate, Orchi, Gioco, Corte, Fortuna, Viaggio, Capriccio, Metamorfosi, Corpo
Logica della fiaba: Fate, orchi, gioco, corte, fortuna, viaggio, capriccio, metamorfosi, corpo. By Michele Rak. Milan: Mondadori, 2005. 317 pp.Over the last few decades Giambattista Basile's Lo cunto de li cunti (The Tale of Tales, 1634-1636) has begun...
Politique Du Conte. Special Issue of Féeries: ÉTudes Sur le Conte Merveilleux XVIIe-XIXe Siècle 3
Politique du conte. Special Issue of Féeries: Études sur le conte merveilleux XVIIe-XIXe siècle 3 (2006). 415 pp.This special issue consists of thirteen essays that deal with various political aspects of the French literary fairy tale and that cover...
Preface to the Special Issue on Erotic Tales
This was a strange story, one I would have to learn a new language to read, a language I could not learn except by trying to read the story.- Emma Donoghue, Kissing the WitchFolktales and fairy tales are stories about and of desire: at the very least,...
Stepmother
Stepmother. By Robert Coover. San Francisco: McSweeney's Books, 2004. 90 pp., illustrations.In the first section of this fairy-tale metafiction for adults, Stepmother is attempting with whatever faulty magic she recalls to free her red-haired daughter...
The Infernal Desire Machines in Anne Thackeray Ritchie's Bluebeard's Keys and Angela Carter's "The Bloody Chamber"
"Argument"Between 1866 and 1874 Anne Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919) published nine revisions of well-known fairy tales. The first four stories ("Sleeping Beauty in the Woods," "Cinderella," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Little Red Riding Hood") and the...
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid. By Mifee Kenny. Dir. Eric Johnson. Perf. Herman Tesoro Jr. and Mary Wells. Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Tenney Theatre, Honolulu. 15 Sept. 2007.Mike Kenny's stage adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, first performed...
Two Tales from Cruel Fairy Tales for Adults
Translators' IntroductionKurahashi Yumiko (1935-2005) was, for more than four decades, one of Japan's most innovative and original writers. Acclaimed for her political satire, experimental novels, and fantastic short stories, Kurahashi was also the author...
Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre
Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre. By Jack Zipes. New York: Routledge, 2006. 332 pp., bibliography, index, illustrations.In an ambitious and interesting outing, Jack Zipes moves beyond his previous work theorizing the fairy-tale...
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