Special Issue "Fairy Tale and its Uses in Contemporary New Media and Popular Culture"
A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 March 2016).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: literary fairy tales; folk fairy tales; fairy tales in popular culture; east german fairy tale films; fairy tale pedagogy; magic realism; 18th- and 19th-century romantic literature and culture; german songs and folklore; children’s literature and film; german orientalism
While fairy tales are constantly migrating into new cultures and new media, reinventing themselves along the way, recent years in particular have seen a wave of highly innovative but also highly disputable fairy-tale retellings in popular culture. Additionally, contributing to this new and transformed pervasiveness of the fairy tale in today’s culture is its hypercommodification and mass-mediated hype. One major, though by no means exclusive focus of this volume is, how do we read popular culture’s employment of the fairy tale? How, why, and for whom have fairy-tale narratives, characters, and motifs metamorphosed in the twenty-first century? What significant intertextual relationships are created by the new fairy-tale versions? The continuing proliferation and diversification of fairy tales in our society permeates a wide range of mediums: from film and television to commercial platforms, advertising, and marketplaces capitalizing on consumer products (including clothing, toys, and more), and from popular literature and graphic novels to new media (Internet, social media, blogs, online newspapers, wikis, video games).
Thanks to the electronic accessibility of fairy tales via websites and online publications, they now have become a multimedia phenomenon. This development has not only informed scholarly perspectives, but also taken hold in popular consciousness. Essential questions that must be asked in this context are, How is new media changing the face of the fairy tale and to what effects? At the same time, thanks to the fast-growing field of modern technologies, we are now in a better position than ever before to explore and discuss the intersections of fairy-tale studies with media and technology. The advancement of online fairy-tale databases that are publicly accessible, such as the International Fairy Tale Filmography (IFTF) and Fairy Tales Teleography and Visualizations (FTTV), two archival online tools for intermedial fairy-tale research, offer significantly evolving opportunities to examine the relationships between tales and popular culture within the framework of new media.
This Special Issue of Humanities invites authors to analyze and discuss topics, including, but not limited to: the commodification and commercialization of contemporary fairy tales; Americanization; Disneyification; postcoloniality; repesentations of race, gender, sexual identity, and pornography; the generic complexity of recent fairy-tale adaptations with regard to genre mixing and mashing; fairy-tale hybridity; intertextuality and intermediality; wonder; fan fiction; manga; illustrations; international reinterpretations and reboots of classical fairy tales in old (television, film, literature) and new media; intersections of fairy-tale studies and digital humanities scholarship. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome.
Dr. Claudia Schwabe
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Cristina Bacchilega. Fairy Tales Transformed?: Twenty-First-Century Adaptations and the Politics of Wonder. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. 2013.
Pauline Greenhill, and Syndey Eve Matrix, eds. Fairy Tale Films: Visions of Ambiguity. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2010.
Pauline Greenhill, and Jill Rudy, eds. Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014.
Martin Hallett, and Barbara Karasek, eds. Fairy Tales in Popular Culture. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press 2014.
Vanessa Joosen, and Gillian Lathey, eds. Grimms’ Tales around the Globe: The Dynamics of Their International Reception. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014.
Jack Zipes. Grimm Legacies: The Magic Spell of the Grimms’ Folk and Fairy Tales. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.
Jack Zipes. The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films. New York: Routledge, 2011.
- fairy tale
- new media
- popular culture
- gender studies
- digital humanities
- twenty first century