Eurasian Folk and Fairy Tales: Bridging Continents

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
European Languages and Cultures Research Centre, Ege University
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Emerging from oral literature, folk and fairy tales are embedded and entangled within the very confines of human consciousness and are continuously rewoven into the fabric of cultural memory. Often categorised as stories for children, these tales not only provide vital information into the psyche and disposition of the human mind, but also enable us to understand social and cultural interactions. The vast imagery, motifs, and archetypes these tales produce enable them to be constantly re-conceived, reinterpreted, and disseminated. Even though folk and fairy tales emerge from differing cultures with diverse traditions and customs, they seem to share similar formation mechanisms. As folk and fairy tales can be interpreted in a variety of ways and from a variety of viewpoints, topics for the volume may include, but are not limited to:

  • Functions of tales over time and across cultures
  • Similar themes in tales from various cultures
  • Critical approaches to tales
  • Considering why tales are an enduring aspect of culture
  • (Re)interpretations and re-imaginings of the same tales over time or across cultures
  • Mythic aspects of folk and fairy tales
  • Unfinished/lost/fragmented tales
  • Folk and fairy tales as a source of healing, sickness, destruction, unification, transgression
  • Folk and fairy tales as a source of teaching and learning
  • Ways of communicating through folk and fairy tales
  • Tales and the formation of national/cultural/communal/ethnic identity
  • Tales as a source of/mechanism for oppression of individuals or groups
  • Tales and monstrous animals, monstrous humans, children’s interaction with monsters
  • Politics/ethics/ideology in folk and fairy tales
  • Justice, morality, virtue, authority, etc. in folk and fairy tales
  • Sexuality and gender in folk and fairy tales
  • Utopic/dystopic tales
  • Socio-political context of tales and their capacity to serve as allegories for real life issues
  • Folk and fairy tale geographies: spaces and places in the tales / spaces and places where the tales have been told or written
  • Tales and aging (“growing old / staying young” as a theme in tales, how tales shape perceptions of age)
  • Retelling/remaking folk and fairy tales
  • How adaptation to other mediums, such as film, television, visual art, music, theatre, graphic novels, dance and video games, affect the content of the tales themselves, appreciation of the narrative or our interpretations of narrative meaning

We are currently seeking chapters (between 4000 and 6000 words) for an edited volume on Eurasian Folk and Fairy Tales to be submitted with a 100-word biography to Zuleyha Cetiner-Oktem (zcoktem@gmail.com) by January 31, 2021. Submissions should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.), in Times New Roman 12 pt, 1,5 spaced.