Marvels & Tales

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, 2015

A Christmas Story with a Fairy-Tale Twist: Paul Arène's "The Gospel According to Saint Perrault"
Translator's IntroductionOne of the most recognizable names in the classical fairy-tale canon is that of Charles Perrault (1628-1703). In 1697 Perrault published Histoires ou contes du temps passé: Contes de ma mère l'oye, a collection of eight literary...
A Demon in the Sky: The Tale of Amewakahiko, a Japanese Medieval Story
In most cultures demons and dragons reside at the heart of the supernatural, where their distinct status reflects their various cultural roles. This is also true of Japanese culture and folklore, where these creatures play prominent roles. For present-day...
Creative Fear in Salman Rushdie's Haroun and Luka: The "Safe House" of Children's Literature
I will tell you a secret about fear: it is an absolutist. With fear it's all or nothing Either, like any bullying tyrant, it rules your life with a stupid, blinding omnipotence, or else you overthrow it and its power vanishes in a puff of smoke.And another...
Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales
Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales. By Ann Schmiesing. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014. 186 pp.Despite the multitude of disabled characters that appear in the pages of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Kinder- und Hausmärchen...
Doubling and Multiplying the Self/Story in Catherynne M. Valente's the Ice Puzzle: Readers, Writers, and the Best of All Girls
After I presented a paper at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts some years ago, I was asked the following question: Is there a difference between the doubled self and the multiplied self? I was giving a paper on the doubled and...
From the Editors
Issue 29.2 of Marvels & Tales marks Jennifer Orme's last run as review editor. First working as the assistant review editor in 2007, Jennifer took over the review section in 2013 and oversaw the review section in four issues. She has been an important...
Grimms' Tales around the Globe:: The Dynamics of Their International Reception
Grimms' Tales Around the Globe: The Dynamics of Their International Reception. Edited by Vanessa Joosen and Gillian Lathey'. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014. 312 pp.The local adaptation of globalized products, or glocalization, is a core...
Into the Woods
Into the Woods. Directed by Rob Marshall. Written by Stephen Sondheim and adapted by James Lapine. Walt Disney Pictures, 2014. Theatrical release.Disney's Into the Woods is a cinematic adaptation of the 1987 Broadway musical written by Stephen Sondheim...
Le Conte et L'image: L'illustration Des Contes De Grimm En Angleterre Au XIXe Siècle
Le Conte et l'image: L'illustration des contes de Grimm en Angleterre au XIXe siècle. By François Fièvre. Tours: Presses Universitaires François-Rabelais, 2013. 454 pp.How strange and how disconcerting to find a book on a fairly narrowly defined topic...
Les Contes Du Monte-Cristo: Alexandre Dumas and His "Tales for Old and Young Children"
Alexandre Dumas may be one of France's most popular novelists, but part of his work remains unknown to most. The success of such texts as The Count of Monte-Cristo (Le comte de Monte-Cristo, 1844-1845) or The Three Musketeers (Les trois mousquetaires,...
Miniature Marvelous: The Petit as Personal Aesthetic in the Fairy Tales of Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy
Why does the grand siècle end with a sudden turn to the small? When Charles Perrault and Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy published the first volumes of French fairy tales in 1698, they eschewed the monumental, writing short stories that would inevitably be...
Orientalism and Ethnic Drag in DEFA Fairy-Tale Film Wolfgang Staudte's the Story of Little Mook
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the paradigm of socialist realism in East German cinema has been subject to scholarly debate, scrutiny, and academic rethinking on a global level. Few scholars, however, have examined socialist ideology in the framework...
Revisioning Red Riding Hood around the World: An Anthology of International Retellings
Revisioning Red Riding Hood Around the World: An Anthology of International Retellings. Edited by Sandra L. Beckett. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014. 401 pp.Sandra L. Beckett has taken on the grand (and ultimately never-ending) quest of gathering...
Seeds of Subversion in Mary De Morgan's "The Seeds of Love"
Fairy tale offers a case where the ver)? contempt for women opened an opportunity for them to exercise their wit and communicate their ideas . . where they might set their own seedlings and plant out their flowersMarina Warner, From the Beast to the...
The Fruit of Love in Giambattista Basile's "The Three Citrons"
"The Three Citrons" is the forty-ninth fairy tale in Giambattista Basile's The Tale of Tales, Or Entertainment for Little Ones, the last story before the conclusion of the frame narrative.1 Basile's book is also known as the Pentameron, the title chosen...
The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation: From Snow White to WALL-E
The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation: From Snow White to WALL-E. By David Whitley. 2nd ed. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2012. 187 pp.David Whitley originally published the first edition of The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation in 2008, and in 2012 he republished...
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition/The Original 1812 Grimm Fairy Tales: A New Translation of the 1812 First Edition Kinder- Und Hausmärchen / Children's and. Household Tales, Collected through the Brothers Grimm
The Original Folk and. Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition. Translated and edited by Jack Zipes. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014. xlv + 519 pp.The Original 1812 Grimm Fairy' Tales: A New Translation of the 1812...
The Undiscovered Country: Text, Translation, and Modernity in the Work of Yanagita Kunio
The Undiscovered Country: Text, Translation, and Modernity in the Work of Yanagita Kunio. By Melek Ortabasi. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014. 329 pp.Yanagita Kunio (1875-1962), author of Tales of Tono (1910), is one of the most prolific...
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