Tag: history

  • Yours by Mary Robison Short Story Analysis

    Yours by Mary Robison Short Story Analysis

    “Yours” is a 1982 short story by American writer Mary Robison.

  • Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg Picture Book Analysis

    Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg Picture Book Analysis

    “Queen of the Falls” is a picture book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. Some years ago, Van Allsburg gave a TED talk on this book and the history behind it. This post will focus on the storytelling techniques.

  • The Home Girls by Olga Masters Short Story Analysis

    The Home Girls by Olga Masters Short Story Analysis

    “The Home Girls” is a short story by Australian writer Olga Masters (1919 – 1986), and the first story of Masters’ 1982 collection, also called The Home Girls. I’m interested in Olga Masters partly because her fiction wasn’t published until she was in her 50s. Then, when she was published, she won a bunch of […]

  • A Glossary of Genie and Djinn Words

    Abu Al-Jann — Father of the Jann. Aforetime — God said he created the djinn ‘aforetime’. Stories of the djinn predate the Quran. The concept of the djinn is ancient. Aladdin — Disney’s Aladdin is a presentation of a stereotypical genie as we view them in the West. Aladd in is only loosely based on…

  • The Fairytale Importance of the Literary Salon and Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy

    The Fairytale Importance of the Literary Salon and Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy

    First, what is a salon? 1. A RECEPTION ROOM IN A LARGE HOUSE The common feature of a salon: It is set up for social interaction. As shown in the header illustration, “Grand Salon” Hôtel du Collectioneur, Paris 1925. Arch. Emile Jaques Ruhlmann, a salon is also a feature of a grand hotel. 2. WHERE…

  • The Symbolism of Water Wells

    The Symbolism of Water Wells

    In folklore and fairy tale, round, enclosed structures (towers and wells) align with lunar figures which stand in for cyclic time i.e. dragons, serpents, werewolves or other related creatures who abduct maidens. And also, by the way, dishevelled hair and shaggy furs worn as garments are the other symbol set which go hand-in-hand with round,…

  • The Golden Age Of Brownies

    The Golden Age Of Brownies

    A brownie is a fairy from English and Scottish folklore. They live in houses (so are a type of hobgoblin — ‘hob’ referring to the cooking equipment with hot plates). They are industrious. Like German poltergeists, they sometimes mess up the joint. This is done out of mischief rather than malice. However, the Yorkshire boggarts…

  • The Harlequin and The Circus

    The Harlequin and The Circus

    Why is the triangle/diamond/lozenge shape associated with the circus? For the answer, we need to go back more than 500 years.

  • The Home Hearth in Art and Storytelling

    The Home Hearth in Art and Storytelling

    In his book Home, Witold Rybczynski describes a typical European house: Heating was primitive. Houses in the sixteenth century had a fireplace or cookstove only in the main room, and no heating in the rest of the house. In winter, this room with its heavy masonry walls and stone floor was extremely cold. Voluminous clothing,…

  • Old Mother Frost Fairy Tale Analysis

    Old Mother Frost Fairy Tale Analysis

    Old Mother Frost” is a German fairy tale also known as “Mother Holle”, “Mother Hulda” and “Frau Holle”.

  • The Grim Reaper In Art And Storytelling

    The Grim Reaper In Art And Storytelling

    SLEEP AS A MINI DEATH Adventures In Sleep from All In The Mind podcast Scientists still don’t know why we need to sleep. Contrast that lack of full understanding with nutrition science, in which we fully understand why animals need to eat, how nutrition enters the blood stream, how it is metabolised and so on.…

  • The Elves and the Shoemaker Fairy Tale Analysis

    The Elves and the Shoemaker Fairy Tale Analysis

    Read a modern re-telling of “The Elves and the Shoemaker” and you might conclude it’s a tale in praise of gratitude: Gratitude is noble. If someone does you a kind turn, be nice in return.