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Re-Orienting the Fairy Tale

Contemporary Adaptations across Cultures

Edited by Mayako Murai and Luciana Cardi

Fairy-Tale Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism and Theory

Series in Fairy-Tale Studies

Printed Paper Cased
Available April 2020
ISBN: 9780814345351
Pages: 440 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 39 full-color images
Paperback
Available April 2020
ISBN: 9780814345368
Pages: 440 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 39 full-color images
eBOOK
Available April 2020
ISBN: 9780814345375

Re-Orienting the Fairy Tale: Contemporary Adaptations across Cultures seeks to "re-orient" the fairy tale across different cultures, media, and disciplines and proposes new approaches to the ever-expanding fairy-tale web in a global context with a special emphasis on non-Euro-American materials. Editors Mayako Murai and Luciana Cardi bring together emerging and established researchers in various disciplines from around the world to decenter existing cultural and methodological assumptions underlying fairy-tale studies and suggest new avenues into the increasingly complex world of fairy-tale cultures today.

Divided into three parts, the fourteen essays cover a range of materials from Hawaiian wonder tales to Japanese heroine tales to Spanish fairy-tale film adaptation. Chapters include an invitation from Cristina Bacchilega to explore the possibilities related to the uncanny processes of both disorientation and re-orientation taking place in the "journeys" of wonder tales across multiple media and cultures. Aleksandra Szugajew’s chapter outlines the strategies adopted by recent Hollywood live-action fairy-tale films to attract adult audiences and reveals how this new genre offers a form of global entertainment and a forum that invites reflection on various social and cultural issues in today’s globalizing world. Katsuhiko Suganuma draws on queer theory and popular musicology to analyze the fairy-tale intertexts in the works of the Japanese all-female band Princess Princess and demonstrate that popular music can be a medium through which the queer potential of ostensibly hetero-normative traditional fairy tales may emerge. Daniela Kato’s chapter explores the ecological dimensions of Carter’s literary fairy tale and offers an ecofeminist interpretation of a fairy-tale forest as a borderland that lies beyond the nature-culture dichotomy.

Readers will find inspiration and new directions in the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches to fairy tales provided by Re-Orienting the Fairy Tale.

Mayako Murai is professor of English and comparative literature at Kanagawa University, Japan. She is the author of From Dog Bridegroom to Wolf Girl: Contemporary Japanese Fairy-Tale Adaptations in Conversation with the West (Wayne State University Press, 2015).

Luciana Cardi is a lecturer in both Japanese and comparative studies and in Italian language and culture at Osaka University, Japan. Her publications include "Retelling Medea in Postwar Japan: The Function of Ancient Greece in Two Literary Adaptations by Mishima Yukio and Kurahashi Yumiko" and "A Fool Will Never Be Happy: Kurahashi Yumiko’s Retelling of Snow White" (Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies, 2013).

Contributors Include:
Cristina Bacchilega, Shuli Barzilai, Michael Brodski, Luciana Cardi, Lucy Fraser, Roxane Hughes, Natsumi Ikoma, Vanessa Joosen, Daniela Kato, Masafumi Monden, Mayako Murai, Hatsue Nakawaki, Nieves Moreno Redondo, Katsuhiko Suganuma, Aleksandra Szugajew, ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui