fairytale-study

FAIRYTALE ANALYSIS

Beauty And The Beast

Bluebeard

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Foolish Wishes

The Frog Prince

Jack and the Beanstalk

Hansel and Gretel

The Pied Piper Of Hamelin — part legend, part fairytale

The Magic Porridge Pot

Puss In Boots

Rapunzel

Rumpelstiltskin

Sleeping Beauty

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Little Pigs

A Picture Book Primer: Understanding and Using Picture Books By Denise I. Matulka

A Picture Book Primer: Understanding and Using Picture Books
By Denise I. Matulka

MODERN FAIRYTALES

Myths and folktales are assumed to be the very first stories in the history of humankind, closely related to rites of passage. Thus, a fairytale becomes a travel instruction for a young person on the way toward adulthood, directions on exactly how to behave in various situations. […] The hero’s task in a folktale is totally impossible for an “ordinary” human being, it is always a symbolic or allegorical depiction. Allegories (like Dante’s Divina Commedia or Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress) are also travel instructions. But the addressee knows that you cannot die and then rise from the dead, nor be eaten by a whale and then come out again, nor descend into the realm of death, and so on. When the March sisters try to follow Bunyan’s instructions for a journey, they have to “translate” the allegory into more everyday conditions. […] The modern version of a travel instruction is formula fiction in all its forms: crime novel, science fiction, horror, romance, soap opera, and so on. The addressee of these texts also knows that the story has very little to do with life. On the contrary, the text is based on detachment, especially through its exotic settings and incredible events. Many scholars have noted the similarities between fairytales and formula fiction. As early as the 1920s Propp suggested that his model for folktale analysis could be applied to novels of chivalry and other texts with fixed narrative structures.

–Maria Nikolajeva, From Mythic to Linear: Time in Children’s Literature

Badjelly The Witch by Spike Milligan

PRO FAIRYTALE

 

QUESTIONING-FAIRYTALE

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

FAIRYTALE ILLUSTRATION

 

FAIRYTALES AND THE MOVIES

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