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Published: June 2008
ISBN: 9780814332863
Pages: 360 Size: 6x9

Kay Stone is a scholar who has taken a heroine's journey through the kingdom of traditional folkloristics.

— Joseph Sobol

In this enjoyable volume, Kay Stone has selected writings from her scholarly articles and books spanning 1975–2004 that contain reflections on the value of fairy tales as adult literature. The title Some Day Your Witch Will Come twists a Walt Disney lyric to challenge the typical fairy-tale framework and is a nod to Stone’s innovative and sometimes unconventional perspective. As a whole, this collection is a fascinating look at both the evolution of a career and the recent history of fairy-tale scholarship.

The volume is organized in three chronological sections, beginning with Stone’s influential early work on women in fairy tales. The second section explores her developing interest in traditional tales told by contemporary tellers, and the final section focuses on Stone’s more recent comparisons of dreams and folktales as artistic expressions. In addition to challenging the genres of folktales and storytelling, a distinctive feature of this work is the wealth of material from interviews, which bring readers’ responses into conversation with the scholar’s work. A preface by the author, a foreword by series editor Donald Haase, and brief introductions to each piece are also included.

Some Day Your Witch Will Come is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Stone’s writings. As such, it will be informative and entertaining for both general readers and scholars in a variety of fields, including folklore and fairy-tale studies, women’s studies, psychology, cultural studies, and literature.

Kay Stone is emeritus professor of English at the University of Winnipeg and author of The Golden Woman and Burning Brightly.

Kay Stone is a scholar who has taken a heroine's journey through the kingdom of traditional folkloristics. She has absorbed its rigorous understandings of wonder tales and their social contexts, but also felt the call of a more personal, subjective, creative voice. She is thus an important mediator between these oft-divergent worlds.

– Joseph Sobol, director of the graduate program in storytelling at East Tennessee State University

In Some Day Your Witch Will Come, Kay Stone takes us on a fairy-tale journey through thirty years of her writing. She does what she has always done so well-border crossing, looking under rocks, turning over the more usual tale elements to find surprising richness. I found, by title's end, that the prince wasn't the one I desired after all either."

– Janet Langlois, associate professor of English and folklore studies at Wayne State University

Through her preface, introduction, and an epilogue Kay Stone leads us to understand the ways in which all of these themes heave woven themselves together in her fruitful life as a student of story. Stone packages all of this with useful notes, a bibliography of all works cited, a list of Aarne-Thompson tale types, and an index."

– Journal of Folklore Research