NeMLA 2021: Fairy Tales and Adaptation

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Ana Oancea, University of Delaware
contact email: 

Fairy Tales and Adaptation


This panel is part of the 52nd annual convention of the NeMLA, held March 11-14, 2021. Presenters will be able to give their papers either virtually, or in person in Philadelphia.

The panel proposes a discussion of the transformations fairy tales undergo when being adapted into new media (for example, Hansel and Gretel as an opera), new cultures (Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid as Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo) and new historical or theoretical contexts (Catherine Breillat’s Sleeping Beauty).

We are equally interested in analyses of particular fairy tales and reflections on the adaptation of the genre, and welcome work on the metamorphoses of specific characters or character types, plots, or motifs. Through the links they establish between original and adapted media, narratives, and cultures, what new questions of interpretation do the adaptations open? Reading across adaptations, do new fairy tale standards emerge?

A further area of investigation is that of fairy tales that are used as intertexts of narratives in other media, as for example Charles Perrault’s Bluebeard in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. What does the layering of fairy tales, rather than the use of other literary allusions, add to these works? In this format, what shape does the distilled essence of the fairy tale take?


Please submit 300-word abstracts using the NeMLA portal: and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions (Dr. Ana Oancea,


The deadline is Sept. 30th, 2020.