Special Issue "Fairy Lore and Fandom Explored: Critical Essays on the Popularity of Fairy Tales Then and Now"
A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2023) | Viewed by 294
Interests: 17th- and 18th-century literatures in French, fairy tale studies, and women’s studies; children’s literature and culture; adaptation studies
“Why does pop culture love fairy tales again?” asked Time magazine’s reviewer Graeme McMillan when the film Snow White and the Huntsman came out in 2012. The film was seen as yet another one joining the roundup of fairy-tale-inspired movies, TV shows, and books. The trend has only intensified with a flurry of film re-adaptations, new series or reboots, and even video games. In her Special Issue “The Fairy Tale and Its Uses in Contemporary New Media and Popular Culture” (2016), Claudia Schwabe examined the close relationship between fairy tales and popular culture, with a special focus on the modern. This Special Issue, “Fairy Lore and Fandom Explored,” seeks to look back to periods before today’s globalization of mass media, when fairy tale plots reached a level of mass consumption and popularity through re-adaptation and trans-mediation. We invite scholars of fairy tales from any tradition and period to reflect and theorize on the extraordinary ability of the fairy tale to be connected to popular culture, on its openness to commodification, and its evolution into the fandom sphere. Ultimately, we seek to prove that fandom is a new word for an old phenomenon.
Dr. Sophie Raynard-Leroy
Dr. Charlotte Trinquet du Lys
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