Folktales Retold: A Critical Overview of Stories Updated for Children

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Folktales and fairy tales are living stories; as part of the oral tradition, they change and evolve as they are retold from generation to generation. In the last thirty years, however, revision has become an art form of its own, with tales intentionally revised to achieve humorous effect, send political messages, add different cultural or regional elements, try out new narrative voices, and more. These revisions take all forms, from short stories to novel-length narratives to poems, plays, musicals, films and ...
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Overview

Folktales and fairy tales are living stories; as part of the oral tradition, they change and evolve as they are retold from generation to generation. In the last thirty years, however, revision has become an art form of its own, with tales intentionally revised to achieve humorous effect, send political messages, add different cultural or regional elements, try out new narrative voices, and more. These revisions take all forms, from short stories to novel-length narratives to poems, plays, musicals, films and advertisements. The resulting tales paint the tales from myriad perspectives, using the broad palette of human creativity.

This study examines folktale revisions from many angles, drawing on examples primarily from revisions of Western European traditional tales, such as those of the Grimm Brothers and Charles Perrault. Also discussed are new folktales that combine traditional storylines with commentary on modern life. The conclusion considers how revisionists poke fun at and struggle to understand stories that sometimes made little sense to start with.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786425914
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Amie A. Doughty is an associate professor of English at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. She is a member of the Popular Culture Association and the Children's Literature Association and lives in Oneonta, New York.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface xi
Introduction: Unraveling the Folktale Tradition 1
1 The Folktale Revision as a Form 7
2 Humor in Folktale Revisions 15
3 Cultural and Regional Folktale Revisions in Picture Books 36
4 Breaking the Picture Book Rules 52
5 Feminist Folktale Revisions 65
6 Postmodern Folktale Revisions 80
7 Narrative in Folktale Revisions 94
8 Folktale Revisions on Film 115
9 Revising the Folktale Tradition 129
10 The Adult Connection 144
Conclusion: Reweaving the Folktale Tradition 163
Notes 167
Bibliography 173
Index 199
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