Posts Tagged ‘Fairy Tales’

  1. 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.


  2. Three Ghost Stories

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    October 31, 2016 by Unsettling Wonder

    In honour of All Hallows’ Eve, here are three ghost stories from the Monguor, in northwestern China. Notice how strikingly different—and yet how eerily similar!—these are to European tales on similar motifs.


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. The Light-Giving Tree

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    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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  8. A Land of Giants

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    August 28, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    Lately, my thoughts on folktale have been turning primarily around questions of space and landscape—the ways in which the places we live and how we treat those spaces shape the stories we tell. We draw our stories from the natural world, just as we perhaps draw our desire to create and imitate nature in our creations from a rarified instinct towards making things.


  9. The Golden Goose

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    August 21, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    There may be as many kinds of storyteller are there are stories.


  10. R.I.P. Sir Terry Pratchett

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    March 16, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    Some thoughts on the passing of Sir Terry Pratchett.


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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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