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Die Hard and Fairy Tales | Tor.com
"Contact with magic in an initiation myth may be terrifying and bloody, but it leads to power, grace, and a cool new sword. Level up! Contact with magic in fairy tales, on the other hand, does not necessarily ennoble. There are Cinderellas, sure, but just as often survivors escape with nothing but their own skin and the knowledge they almost lost it. To use a framework I’ve employed earlier—myths are badass. Fairy tales are hard core. Or to put it another way: in our modern understanding, Campbellian myths are about knowledge, while fairy tales are about metis."
fairy-tale  myths  mythology  power  knowledge  metis 
february 2014 by tsuomela
Neverending stories
"The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre By Jack Zipes (Princeton, £19.95) Grimm Tales: For Young and Old By Philip Pullman (Penguin Classics, £20) Long Ago and Far Away: Eight Traditional Fairy Tales Introduction by Marina Warner (Hesperus Press, £10)"
books  review  fairy-tale  story-telling  narrative  myths 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Scholar denies oral roots of fairy tales | Books | guardian.co.uk
"It has been said so often that the folk invented and disseminated fairy tales that this assumption has become an unquestioned proposition. It may therefore surprise readers that folk invention and transmission of fairy tales has no basis in verifiable fact," she writes in her new book, Fairy Tales: A New History.
literature  history  criticism  fairy-tale  story-telling  oral  16c  culture  writing 
may 2009 by tsuomela

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