Contemporary fiction and the fairy tale /
edited by Stephen Benson.
Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c2008.
209 p. ; 23 cm.
0814332544 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780814332542 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c2008.
0814332544 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780814332542 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Fiction and the contemporaneity of the fairy tale / Stephen Benson -- Penetrating to the heart of The bloody chamber : Angela Carter and the fairy tale / Sarah Gamble -- Migrant fictions : Salman Rushdie and the fairy tale / Andrew Teverson -- "Ancient forms" : myth, fairy tale, and narrative in A. S. Byatt's fiction / Elizabeth Wanning Harries -- Margaret Atwood and the fairy tale : postmodern revisioning in recent texts / Sharon R. Wilson -- The late fairy tales of Robert Coover / Stephen Benson -- Theorizing fairy-tale fiction, reading Jeanette Winterson / Merja Makinen -- Extrapolating from Nalo Hopkinson's Skin folk : reflections on transformation and recent English-language fairy-tale fiction by women / Cristina Bacchilega.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-01-01:
Destined to become highly influential in the fields of intertextuality and fairy tale studies, this landmark book joins a canon that includes the work of such important critics as Jack Zipes, Marina Warner, Donald Haase, and Cristina Bacchilega (the last, one of the contributors to the present title). Benson (Univ. of East Anglia, UK) assembled a stellar cast of contributors--joining Bacchilega are Sarah Gamble, Andrew Teverson, Elizabeth Wanning Harries, Sharon Wilson, and Merja Makinen--and they, in turn, wrote remarkable essays about the premier authors who employ fairy tale intertexts: Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, A. S. Byatt, Margaret Atwood, and Robert Coover. In Benson's words, these five writers "circle in very different ways around questions concerning form and function of storytelling, the role of stories in history, and the intimate relations of narrative and selfhood." The final two chapters (by Makinen and Bacchilega) offer more theoretical reflections, as does Benson's perceptive and useful introduction on intertextuality and postmodernism. Every chapter crackles with clarifying definitions, fresh insights, and careful research. Summing Up: Essential. All readers, all levels. E. R. Baer Gustavus Adolphus College
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Recent decades have witnessed a renaissance of interest in the fairy tale, not least among writers of fiction. In Contemporary Fiction and the Fairy Tale, editor Stephen Benson argues that fairy tales are one of the key influences on fiction of the past thirty years and also continue to shape literary trends in the present. Contributors detail the use of fairy tales both as inspiration and blueprint and explore the results of juxtaposing fairy tales and contemporary fiction. At the heart of this collection, seven leading scholars focus on authors whose work is heavily informed and transformed by fairy tales: Robert Coover, A. S. Byatt, Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, and Salman Rushdie. In addition to investigating the work of this so-called fairy-tale generation, Contemporary Fiction and the Fairy Tale provides a survey of the body of theoretical writing surrounding these authors, both from within literary studies and from fairy-tale studies itself. Contributors present an overview of critical positions, considered here in relation to the work of Jeanette Winterson and of Nalo Hopkinson, suggesting further avenues for research. Contemporary Fiction and the Fairy Tale offers the first detailed and comprehensive account of the key authors working in this emerging genre. Students and teachers of fiction, folklore, and fairy-tale studies will appreciate this insightful volume.
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Discussing the work of Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, Angela Carter, Robert Coover, Salman Rushdie and Jeanette Winterson, this volume argues that fairy tales are one of the key influences on the fiction of the past 30 years and continue to shape literary trends in the present.

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