Contemporary Fairy-Tale Magic

Subverting Gender and Genre


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Contemporary Fairy-Tale Magic, edited by Lydia Brugué and Auba Llompart, studies the impact of fairy tales on contemporary cultures from an interdisciplinary perspective, with special emphasis on how literature and film are retelling classic fairy tales for modern audiences. We are currently witnessing a resurgence of fairy tales and fairy-tale characters and motifs in art and popular culture, as well as an increasing and renewed interest in reinventing and subverting these narratives to adapt them to the expectations and needs of the contemporary public. The collected essays also observe how the influence of academic disciplines like Gender Studies and current literary and cinematic trends play an important part in the revision of fairy-tale plots, characters and themes.

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Lydia Brugué, Ph.D. (2013), Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya, is Professor of Translation, Interpreting and Applied Languages at Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya. Her research interests include fairy tales, Film Studies and Translation Studies.
Auba Llompart, Ph.D. (2014), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, is Professor of English Language and Culture at Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya. Her research interests include English literature, children’s literature and fairy tales, Gothic Studies and Gender Studies.
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Part 1 Contemporary Subversions of Gender in Fairy Tales

1 The Cursed Fairy: Broken Spells in Anne Sexton’s Poetry
Francisco José Cortés Vieco
2 Revisiting Fairy-Tale Land through a Gender Lens in Emma Donoghue’s Kissing the Witch
María Amor Barros del Río
3 Fairy-Tale Reflections: Space and Women Host(age)s in Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird
Paula Barba Guerrero
4 Un-training the Imagination through Adaptation: an Exploration of Gender through Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle
Jade Lum
5 ‘There Are Always Choices. She Made One’: an Existentialist Approach to Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle
Alba Torres Álvarez
6 The British Empire’s Lost Slipper: Dangerous Irish Cinderellas
Abigail Heiniger
7 Cinderboy and Snow White and the Seven Aliens: Analysis of the Rewriting of Two Classic Tales and Their Translations to Spanish
Ana Pereira Rodríguez and Lourdes Lorenzo García
8 Resistance and Revolt: Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty Re-Viewed
Sarah Bonner
9 Empowered Fairy-Tale Heroines Reinvent Happily-Ever-After
Lisa L. Ortiz and Sheila M. Rucki
10 The Strongest of the Fairies: Reworking Gender and Villainy in Walt Disney’s Maleficent
Lydia Brugué and Auba Llompart
11 ‘There’s Always a Bright Side’: Poppy, a Positive Role Model in Trolls
Sara Martín

Part 2 The Darkness of Contemporary Fairy Tales

12 Far from Beastly: Monstrous Imaginations in Postmodern Fairy-Tale Films
Claudia Schwabe
13 Echoes of Fairy Tales: Fantasy and Everyday Horrors in Guillermo del Toro’s Filmography
Gema Navarro Goig and Francisco Javier Sánchez-Verdejo Pérez
14 From Fairy Tales to Slasher Films: Little Red Riding Hood and Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left
Javier Martín-Párraga
15 Howling in the Woods: Angela Carter’s Metamorphosed Little Red Riding Hoods
Nerea Riobó-Pérez
16 Red Shoes, Witches and Creatures of the Forest: Dolores Redondo’s Baztan Trilogy as Contemporary Fairy Tale
Miriam Borham-Puyal
17 ‘A Happy Person Never Phantasies’: Repression and Projection of the Self in Monstrous Fairy Tales
Stephanie Weber
18 ‘Children were terrified of her’: Interpreting Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black as a Folktale
Marta Miquel-Baldellou
19 The Broken Voice of History: Fairy Tales, Anti-Tales, and Holocaust Representation
María Jesús Martínez-Alfaro
20 Peter Pan Goes to War: the Reimaging and Exploration of J. M. Barrie’s Story as a Historically Realistic Graphic Novel
Stephané Greffrath

Part 3 Other Contemporary Subversions of Genre through Fairy Tales

21 Mary Poppins: The Subversive Magic Helper
Renáta Marosi
22 Rodents in Children’s Literature and Audiovisual Fairy Tales: a Book-to-Film Adaptation Approach
Rebeca Cristina López González
23 Bear Tales: Ways of Seeing Polar Bears in Mythology, Traditional Folktales and Modern-Day Children’s Literature
Lizanne Henderson
24 Cultural Writings of the Fairy Tale: a Spatial Reading of Three Studio Ghibli Productions
Eduardo Barros-Grela
25 Contemporary Japanese Folktales Represented in Anime: the Paradigmatic Case of InuYasha
Alba Quintairos-Soliño
26 Oral Storytelling, Slavic Mythology, Philological Research and Fairy Tales: the Case of Croatian Tales of Long Ago
Estela Banov
27 The Mark of Fairy Tales in Galician Literature for Children and Young Adults
Carmen Ferreira Boo
28 Where Else but Reading? Blending Genres in Jasper Fforde’s Nursery Crime Series
Miriam Fernández-Santiago
29 Following the Lead of Fairy Tales: Storytelling in Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion
María José Coperías-Aguilar
30 Experimentalism and Self-Reflexivity in Donald Barthelme’s Postmodern Fairy Tales
Luisa María González Rodríguez

Academics and post-graduate students interested in Fairy-Tale Studies, particularly fairy-tale retellings in film and literature, subversive and postmodern fairy tales, and fairy tales and gender.
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