‘Literature’ Category

  1. Feathers and Feminism: An Interview with Arielle K. Harris


    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.

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


    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.

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


    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.

  4. Folktales: Three Monsters


    November 15, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    It’s another grim and heartbreaking day in the world. We’ve had too many of these lately, and Friday 13 seems particularly bitter and bitterly pointless. Other, better, more eloquent writers can tell you what’s happening, and give some shape to the numb weariness that overtakes us. Today, we want to celebrate life as usual, the ordinary everyday, boring days when nothing remarkable happens and good days when something hilarious happens.

  5. A Scots Halloween


    October 31, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    In honour of the season, here for your reading enjoyment is an eerie Scots ballad by George MacDonald.

  6. Scottish Halloween Matchmaking


    October 24, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    All Hallows’ Eve has long cultivated folk rituals and folktales of all varieties.

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


    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.

  8. Two Folktales


    September 27, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been pondering here about stories that speak from wounded, devastated earth—that come out of a place of suffering together with the world we inhabit.

  9. Earth Friendly?


    September 12, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    “The world is made of dirt. A rock doesn’t have feelings.” The flaccid man in the documentary glared out of …
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  10. The Light-Giving Tree


    September 5, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    As I was working on research for something else entirely, I stumbled upon a collection of Monguor folktales, collected from …
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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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