‘Fairy Tales’ Category

  1. Now Available: The Museum of Shadows and Reflections in Paperback

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    April 6, 2017 by Unsettling Wonder

    Thanks to popular demand and critical acclaim, we’re delighted to announce the release of a new paperback edition of Claire …
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  2. On Making Stories

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    November 15, 2016 by Unsettling Wonder

    A Guest Post by Claire Dean This morning, the first frost of winter limned the fallen leaves, and as my …
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  3. Praise for ‘The Museum of Shadows and Reflections’

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    November 5, 2016 by Unsettling Wonder

    The Museum of Shadows and Reflections

    Professor Ailsa Cox just finished reading Claire Dean’s new mythic arts short story collection. Here’s what she had to say about it.


  4. Publication: Issue 5, ‘Changelings’

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    October 17, 2016 by Unsettling Wonder

    Unsettling Wonder Issue 5

    We are delighted to announce the release of a new issue of Unsettling Wonder, on the theme of Changelings. This …
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  5. Feathers and Feminism: An Interview with Arielle K. Harris

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    September 26, 2016 by Unsettling Wonder

    Our imaginations are easily caught up in new interpretations of these familiar stories, and it’s likely we’ll never stop reusing those tropes while we still retain them in our cultural memories. Join us in an interview with author Arielle K. Harris.


  6. Two Ways of Reading “The Ugly Duckling”: A Guest Post by Li Xiaoheng

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    November 30, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    Almost everyone has heard The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen. In this tale, the duckling looks so ugly that he’s excluded by other animals and even his family. He leaves home and suffers a lot all the way, but finally he becomes a beautiful swan.


  7. Winter is Not Coming: A Conversation with Kate Wolford

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    November 22, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    We sat down with Kate Wolford for a long-distance discussion about—well, about the weather, and how it shapes the stories we tell.


  8. A Week Away

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    October 16, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    John is taking the week off. But don’t worry you can still get your weekly fix of Folklore goodness.


  9. Mid-Autumn Folktale: Moon, Rabbit, and Fox

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    October 9, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    The Mid-autumn festival in China venerates 嫦娥 (Cháng’é), the moon goddess. Like the rituals in last week’s post, the folktales about her reflect the season’s liminality and uncertainties, as she moves from mortality to immortality, from living on earth to living on the moon.


  10. Mid-autumn festivals

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    October 5, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    Autumn is a liminal season, and so we turn to festivals that celebrate limninal spaces: summer and winter, birth and death, wandering and belonging, time past and time future, heaven and hell.


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We craft and tell stories because we’ve stood on the uncertain edge between the waking world and our imagination, between enchantment and fear. And we remember other stories that help us build our own stories, scraps of lumber and fragments of narrative we gather together to make stories for ourselves.

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