Marvels & Tales

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, 2007

Ancient and Indigenous Stories: Their Ethics and Power Reflected in Latin American Storytelling Movements
The new Latin American storytelling movements have occupied places and niches in modern society with a variety of repertoires, diffusing tales from different oral traditions to stories by ancient and modern authors, which are transmitting ethical values...
A Wave of the Magic Wand: Fairy Godmothers in Contemporary American Media
With just a wave of my magic wandYour troubles will soon be goneWith a flick of the wrist and just a flashYou'll land a prince with a ton of cash-Fairy Godmother, Shrek 2In her book American Folklore and the Mass Media, Linda Dégh discusses the magical...
Diana Wynne Jones: Children's Literature and the Fantastic Tradition
Diana Wynne Jones: Children's Literature and the Fantastic Tradition. By Farah Mendlesohn. New York: Routledge, 2005. 240 pp.Farah Mendlesohn's book is the first thorough study of Diana Wynne Jones's criticism and fantasy fiction for young readers. Mendlesohn's...
Diario Di Un Gatto Con Gli Stivali
Diario di un gatto con gli stivali. By Roberta Vecchioni. Torino: Einaudi, 2006. 166 pp.The "Diary of a Puss in Boots" is the latest, only partially successful play by an Italian author using story elements from fairy tales and popular romance. Roberto...
Disenchanting the Fairy Tale: Retellings of "Snow White" between Magic and Realism
Traditional fairy tales, as we know them from the collections of Charles Perrault, the Grimm Brothers, and Andrew Lang, consist of a mixture of magical and realistic elements. As the fairy tale is recycled in the late twentieth and early twenty-first...
Gingerbread Wishes and Candy(land) Dreams: The Lure of Food in Cautionary Tales of Consumpion
It is probably in tastes in food that one would find the strongest and most indelible mark of infant learning, the lessons which longest withstand the distancing or collapse of the native world and most durably maintain nostalgia for it.-Pierre Bourdieu...
La Fiaba Di Tradizione Orale
La Fiaba di Tradizione Orale. By Giuseppe Gatto. Milan: Edizioni Universitarie ai Lettere Economia Diritto, 2006. 230 pp.Giuseppe Gatto's compact but thorough exploration of how scholars have tried to wrest meaning from the magical subgroup of ordinary...
Madame De Murat: Contes
Madame de Murat: Contes. Edition critique établie par Geneviève Patard. Bibliothèque des génies et des fées 3. Pans: Honoré Champion, 2006. 478 pp.This volume of the Bibliothèque des génies et des fées presents the texts written by Henriette Julie de...
Mademoiselle De Lubert: Contes
Mademoiselle de Lubert: Contes. Edition critique établie par Aurélie Zygel-Basso. Bibliothèque des génies et des fées 14. Paris: Honoré Champion, 2005. 586 pp.This collection of the tales by Marguerite de Lubert (17027-1779?) is a long-awaited event...
Recycling Red Riding Hood
Recycling Red Riding Hood. By Sandra L. Beckett. New York: Routledge, 2002. xxii + 362 pp.Sandra L. Beckett's Recycling Red Riding Hood is a study of intertextuality in children's literature. Working from her personal collection of "well over two hundred...
Red as Blood, White as Snow, Black as Crow: Chromatic Symbolism of Womanhood in Fairy Tales
This article is intended as a modest follow-up on a classic study by Brent Berlin and Paul Kay In Basic Color Terms: Their Universality and Evolution, these two linguists showed that despite the proven ability of humans to discriminate thousands of color...
Return to Culture: Oral Tradition and Society in the Southern Cook Islands
Return to Culture: Oral Tradition and Society in the Southern Cook Islands. By Anna-Leena Siikala and Jukka Siikala. FF Communications Vol. 136, No. 287. Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 2005. 327pp.What is the significance of oral tradition in...
Spinning Straw into Gold: What Fairy Tales Reveal about the Transformations in a Woman's Life
Spinning Straw into Gold: What Fairy Tales Reveal about the Transformations in a Woman's Life. By Joan Gould. New York: Random House, 2006. 342 pp.Gould's book is a praiseworthy contribution to the manner in which fairy tales provide us with an understanding...
The Arabian Nights and Orientalism: Perspectives from East and West
The Arabian Nights and Orientalism: Perspectives from East and West. Edited by Yuriko Yamanaka and Tetsuo Nishio. With an introduction by Robert Irwin. London: I. B. Taurus, 2006. 269pp.This collection of essays is the product of one of the many conferences...
The Folk-Stories of Iceland
The Folk-Stories of Iceland. By Einar Ólafur Sveinsson. Viking Society for Northern Research, Text Series 16. London: University College London, 2003. 318pp.The international status of works in folk-narrative scholarship (as in many other fields of studies)...
The Toad Woman
The first time that Jotica saw the Toad Woman was in his hometown, surrounded by men who were not superstitious and by women who were frightened.That circus included the already familiar cow with five legs, the checkered tiger, the dwarf giraffe, the...
Types of the Folktale in the Arab World: A Demographically Oriented Tale-Type Index/Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt
Types of the Folktale in the Arab World: A Demographically Oriented Tale-Type Index. By Hasan M. Fl-Shamy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. xxvii + 1,255 pp.Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt. Edited by Gaston Maspero. Introduction by Hasan...
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