Reimagining possibilities for fairy tales is in part accomplished through the structural reliance on fairy-tale
fragments instead of whole tales.
In her study, Duggan combines film theory and queer theory, as well as fairy-tale
studies, to underscore the "queerness" of Demy's films against a socio-cultural backdrop of postwar France in the 1950s and '60s, where heterosexuality and consumerism were promulgated as ideal social norms.
Divided into an intriguing introduction, four elaborately structured and styled chapters, and a compelling epilogue, the book highlights interwoven-and-yet-divergent social projects envisioned and instigated by fairy-tale
adaptations circulating in modern popular culture.
At the same time, however, it struggles to define the fairy-tale
world and the ordering of significant events in the novel clearly.
However, far from providing simplistic, happily-ever-after solutions in Hawthorne's fiction, fairy-tale
imagery, allusions, and narrative structures complicate our reading.
Fantasy and fairy-tale
lovers should enjoy this story.
Although she has made a name for herself with her novels, some of which have been published in the United States, it is in the modern fairy-tale
genre that she finds herself at home and excels as a storyteller.
But that doesn't mean the man didn't sometimes break free of his own fairy-tale
The first text Hans Christian Andersen called a ``fairy-tale'' was The Diving Bell: A Fairy-tale
from the Bottom of the Ocean, which appeared in 1827 in Johan Ludvig Heiberg's literary magazine KjAbenhavns flyvende Post.
Dasgupta's stories, however, diverge from those of Chaucer in adopting the fairy-tale
genre to enliven the narrative.
By strategically employing these means, Fauset parodies fairy tale motifs in African American life and devises a strategy of survival rooted in "double double consciousness." In spite of their endowments of beauty and their longing for riches and happiness, both protagonists, contrary to their idealized fairy-tale
models and the conventional images of African American women, possess assertive personalities, materialistic attitudes that confound their emotions, and a desire for happiness rendered difficult by racial and gender categorizations.
A second Italian writer, Giambattista Basile (1575-1632), further nourished the European fairy-tale
tradition by creating fifty stories, which brought scores of plots (including 'Rapunzel' and 'Cinderella') and magical motifs from ancient sources into the modern Italian and northern European tradition.
Bruno Bettelheim's essay, "The Struggle for Meaning" (376-391) appears to build, to some extent, on Max Luthi's essay "The Fairy-Tale
Hero: The Image of Man in the Fairy Tale" (365-376).
Chapter 5, "The Disenchantment of Power: Kings and Courtiers," views the incompetent kings of Basile's fables as veiled parodies of Spanish viceroys, and interprets fairy-tale
courtiers as reflecting Basile's checkered career.