Fairy Tales Retold due 5/20/13

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Christine Garbett
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The new millennium has born witness to a multitude of reinventions. Fairy tales also have been recreated in an ever increasing number in recent years. Graphic novels like Grimm Fairy Tales, movies such as Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Beastly, as well as TV shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm have emerged into popular culture. But why are these creations manifesting themselves now? What makes people crave fairy tales and their "happy" endings in such an increased number today? This will be the first book that will focus on this particular manifestation and its significance in popular culture.

The original literary fairy tales were written versions of old folk tales. The original folk tales were often used as a way to explain things in nature and as cautionary tales for younger people, not always children. The first literary fairy tales followed this tradition but were mainly for adults and later tailored for children. While the folk tales changed with time, literary fairy tales, as written works, maintained their course. However, the new adaptations have moved back to a mature audience. Why the shift back to an adult audience?

We are particularly interested in papers that discuss fairy tales (not legends) in contemporary popular culture (TV shows, movies, graphic novels, advertising, toys, video games, popular literature, etc), revisions and adaptations of fairy tales, and various approaches to fairy tales. Do not hesitate to send a submission on any fairy tale related subject may it be on cultural significance, on gender, aspects of masculinity and femininity, theory, etc.

Interested writers should submit a two-page synopsis of their proposed chapter that clearly indicates:
• The research question
• The methodology or theoretical lens
• The findings
• A bibliography of at least 5 sources

Please send your abstracts to: cnfairytales@gmail.com
This collection will be published as a soft/hardcover edition by Cambridge Scholarly Press. Deadline: May 20, 2013

For questions please contact us at

Nadine Farghaly M.A., Mag. Phil., Salzburg University, Austria
Christine Garbett, ABD, Bowling Green State University, USA

We hope to hear from you soon,
Christine and Nadine