A Critical Overview of Stories Updated for Children
About the Book
Folktales and fairy tales are living stories; as part of the oral tradition, they change and evolve as they are retold from generation to generation. In the last thirty years, however, revision has become an art form of its own, with tales intentionally revised to achieve humorous effect, send political messages, add different cultural or regional elements, try out new narrative voices, and more. These revisions take all forms, from short stories to novel-length narratives to poems, plays, musicals, films and advertisements. The resulting tales paint the tales from myriad perspectives, using the broad palette of human creativity.
This study examines folktale revisions from many angles, drawing on examples primarily from revisions of Western European traditional tales, such as those of the Grimm Brothers and Charles Perrault. Also discussed are new folktales that combine traditional storylines with commentary on modern life. The conclusion considers how revisionists poke fun at and struggle to understand stories that sometimes made little sense to start with.
About the Author(s)
Amie A. Doughty
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
Table of Contents
Introduction: Unraveling the Folktale Tradition 1
1. The Folktale Revision as a Form 7
2. Humor in Folktale Revisions 15
3. Cultural and Regional Folktale Revisions in Picture Books 36
4. Breaking the Picture Book Rules 52
5. Feminist Folktale Revisions 65
6. Postmodern Folktale Revisions 80
7. Narrative in Folktale Revisions 94
8. Folktale Revisions on Film 115
9. Revising the Folktale Tradition 129
10. The Adult Connection 144
Conclusion: Reweaving the Folktale Tradition 163
Book Reviews & Awards
“a good reference”—Children’s Literature Association Quarterly; “excellent”—SFRA Review.