Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Book: Marvelous Transformations: An Anthology of Fairy Tales and Contemporary Critical Perspectives edited by Christine A. Jones & Jennifer

I first learned about Marvelous Transformations: An Anthology of Fairy Tales and Contemporary Critical Perspectives edited by Christine A. Jones & Jennifer Schacker two years ago during the American Folklore Society meeting here in Nashville. Well, the book is finally going to be published this October and will probably become a standard textbook for many fairy tale related classes. I haven't seen a copy in person, of course, but am eager to get my hands on one when I can. There is also a forthcoming companion website which I will post about when it becomes available.

Book description:

Marvelous Transformations is an innovative anthology of fairy tales and related criticism that reflects current, interdisciplinary scholarship on oral traditions and the cultural history of the fairy tale. In addition to the tales, original critical essays, newly written for this volume, introduce students to differing perspectives on key ideas in the field.

Table of Contents:

Table of Contents:

Introduction: "How to Read a Fairy Tale," Jennifer Schacker and Christine A. Jones


A. Early Written Traditions:

Anon., Egyptian Tales (New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, c. 1298-1187 BCE)

The Tale of Two Brothers

Lucius Apuleius, Metamorphoses (mid-2nd century ACE)

The Old Woman’s Tale (excerpt)

Marie de France

Le Fresne (c. 1160)

Anon., Alf Layla wa Layla (14th century)

The Story of King Shahrayar and Shahrazad, His Vizier’s Daughter

B. Early Print Traditions:

Giovan Francesco Straparola, Le Piacevoli notti (1551, 1553)

Crazy Pietro (Night Three, Tale 1)

Costantino Fortunato (Night Eleven, Tale 1)

King Pig (Night Two, Tale 1)

R.I. [Richard Johnson], The History of Tom Thumbe, the Little, for his small stature surnamed, King Arthur’s Dwarfe (1621) [website]

Giambatista Basile, Lo cunto de li cunti (1634-36)

Cinderella Cat (Sixth Entertainment of the First Day)

Old Woman Who Was Skinned (Tenth Entertainment of the First Day)

Cagliuso (Fourth Entertainment of the Second Day)

Sun, Moon, and Talia (Fifth Entertainment of the Fifth day)

Marie-Jeanne L’Héritier de Villandon, Oeuvres meslées (1696)

The Discreet Princess; or the Adventures of Finetta. A Novel.

Catherine Bernard, Inès de Courdoue (1696)

Riquet à la Houppe

Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force, Les Contes des Contes (1697)

The Enchanter [website]

Charles Perrault, Histoires ou Contes du temps passé (1697)

Blue Beard

Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper

The Little Red Riding Hood

Sleeping Beauty

Marie-Catherine D’Aulnoy, Les Contes des Fées (1698)

The Fairies’ Tales

Finette Cendron

Henriette-Julie de Murat, Histoires sublimes et allégoriques (1699)

The Savage

Anne-Claude Phillip de Tubière-Grimoard de Pestels Levieux de Lévis, comte de Caylus, Féeries nouvelles (1741)

Sylvain and Jocosa

Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Young Misses Magazine, Containing Dialogues between a Governess and Several of Ladies of Quality Her Scholars (1759)

Beauty and the Beast

C. Romanticism to the fin de siècle:

Johann Ludwig Tieck, Peter Lebberechts Volksmährchen (1812)

The Elves [website]

Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, Kinder und Hausmärchen (1812-14, 1819, 1857)

Hansel and Gretel

The Worn-out Dancing Shoes

Snow White

The Maiden Without Hands

Six Swans

Thomas Crofton Croker, Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland (1823)

The Crookened Back

Hans Christian Andersen, Eventyr, fortalte for børn (1835-45)

The Tinderbox

The Princess on the Pea

The Red Shoes

Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe, Norske Folkeeventyr (1845-48)

East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon


Little Annie the Goose Girl

George Cruikshank, Gorge Cruikshank's Fairy Library (1854)

Cinderella and the Glass Slipper [website]

Aleksandr Afanas’ev, Narodnye russkie skazki (1855-64)

The Frog Princess

Baga Yagazas

The Maiden Tsar

Danilo the Luckless

John Francis Campbell, Popular Tales of the West Highlands (1860)

The Story of the White Pet

Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862)

Goblin Market

Anne Thackeray Ritchie, Bluebeard's Keys and Other Stories (1874)

Bluebeard’s Keys (excerpt)

Mary de Morgan, On a Pincushion, and Other Fairy Tales (1877)

A Toy Princess

Henriette Kühne-Harkort

Snow White, Freely Adapted from the Grimms (1877, theatre script) [website]

Luigi Capuana, C’era una volta . . . fiabe (1882)

The Talking Tree

Flora Annie Steel, Wide Awake Stories, A Collection of Tales Told by Little Children, Between Sunrise and Sunset, in the Panjab and Kashmir (1884)

Princess Aubergine

Rosamund Marriott Watson, The Bird-bride: A Volume of Ballads and Sonnets (1889)

Ballad of the Bird-bride

Victor Stevens, Little Red Riding Hood, or The Saucy Squire of Sunnydale (1900, pantomime script) [website]

D. Modern/postmodern Tales:

Daniil Kharms

A Children’s Story (c. 1920s-30s)

Arkady Gaidar

Skazka o voennoi taine, o Mal’chishe i ego tverdom slove (1935)

Sylvia Townsend Warner, The Cat's Cradle-Book (1940)

Bluebeard’s Daughter

Gianni Rodari

Nino and Nina, Venti storie più una (1969)

Robert Coover

Excerpt from Briar Rose (1996)

Nalo Hopkinson

The Glass Bottle Trick (2000)

Neil Gaiman

Instructions (2000)

Kelly Link

Swans (2000)

Natsuki Takaya

Excerpt from Furūtsu Basuketto (Fruits Basket, 1999-2006; Shōjo manga series) [website]

Marina Warner

The Difference in the Dose: A Story after Rapunzel (2009)

E. Contemporary Transcriptions and Translations:

John Alden Mason (collector)

Juan Bobo and the Riddling Princess: A Puerto Rican Folk Tale (1914-15)

J. Manuel Espinosa (collector)

The Enchanted Frog (Alensio Chacon, performer, 1931)

Linda Dégh, Hungarian Folktales: The Art of Zsuzanna Palkó

The Serpent Prince (Zsuzanna Palkó, performer, 1950)

A.K. Ramanujan, Folktales of India: A Selection of Oral Tales from Twenty-two Languages

Hanchi (Chennamma, performer, 1955)

Marius Barbeau (collector)

Princess Tomboso (Michael Hornyansky, reteller, 1958)

Hasan M. El-Shamy (collector)

The Daughters of the Bean Vendor (Tahiyyah M., performer, 1971)

Donald Braid (collector)

The Boy and the Blacksmith (Duncan Williamson, performer, 1987)


Introduction: How to Read the Critical Essays


Bill Ellis, The Pennsylvania State University

Christine A. Jones, University of Utah & Jennifer Schacker, University of Guelph

Gina Miele, Montclair State University


Cristina Bacchilega, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Marina Balina, Illinois Wesleyan University

Anne Duggan, Wayne State University


Henry Glassie, Indiana University

Elizabeth Wanning Harries, Smith College

Armando Maggi, University of Chicago


Donald Haase, Wayne State University

Molly Clark Hillard, University of Southern Mississippi

Sophie Raynard, SUNY Stony Brook


Ruth B. Bottigheimer, SUNY Stony Brook

Nancy Canepa, Dartmouth College

Muhsin Jassim al-Musawi, Columbia University

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