Fairy Tales in Society and Culture

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NEMLA

This panel session will feature the manner in which fairy tales reflect and influence values and ideals of their respective society and culture. In The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, Bruno Bettelheim emphasizes on how the fairy tale that an individual has read or listened to during childhood impacts him/her both consciously and subconsciously throughout life.

In the fairy tale, the reader always encounters an ideal world where all dreams come true and the hero and heroine live happily ever after. This "happily ever after" ending often entails the fulfillment of ideals and falls in line with the values that contemporary society and culture hold dear. For example, in the fairy tale, good and evil is outlined concretely, and physical beauty is given much importance. The "happily ever after" ending most often includes resolutions such as marriage and wealth. The fairy tale, in turn, tends to have the impact of reinforcing those ideals and values in society by spelling out those values and influencing the reader to put in the effort to attaining those ideals. This panel session welcomes papers on fairy tales as well as literature that involves the fairy figure and Fairy Land.

Please submit abstracts by September 30, 2015 through the following link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp