Peter Marks

Gilliam’s long-time love of Grimm fairy tales, the general topic of the script was tantalising. So, no doubt, was the prospect of work, even if it entailed returning to the Hollywood system. While not normally the focus of filmmakers catering for adult audiences, fairy tales are more than mere children’s stories. Jack Zipes shows how the fairy tale evolved from earthy oral folk tales that represented and

in Terry Gilliam
David Blamires

This article discusses the English translations of twelve of Grimms’ fairy tales included in the hitherto forgotten edition published by Darton and Co. in 1851. The titles and tales are identified with their German originals, and the defects of the translation are examined. The German base text was one of the Grimm editions published between 1837 and 1850. Other items not by the Grimms in the edition are commented on. Identification of the tale entitled ‘Sycorine and Argilas’ is unknown. The anonymous translator was inexperienced, without access to a reliable dictionary, and was, probably, female.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Author: Peter Marks

This book argues the centrality of hybridity to Terry Gilliam's films. Gilliam had a collaborative approach to filmmaking and a desire to provoke audiences to their own interpretations as other forms of intertextual practice. Placing Gilliam in the category of cinematic fantasist does some preliminary critical work, but crudely homogenises the diversity of his output. One way of marking this range comes from understanding that Gilliam employs an extraordinary variety of genres. These include medieval comedy; children's historical adventure; dystopian satire; the fantastic voyage; science fiction; Gonzo Journalism; fairy tale; and gothic horror. Gilliam's work with Monty Python assured him a revered place in the history of that medium in Britain. As a result, the Python films, And Now for Something Completely Different, The Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life, along with his own, Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, and Brazil, show him moving successfully into the British film industry. Most of his films have been adaptations of literary texts, and Jabberwocky forges an extended tale of monsters and market forces. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen builds on some tales from the original texts, constructing a complex examination of fantasy, representation and mortality. Taking crucial ingredients from medieval and older mythologies, the screenplay of The Fisher King resituates them and reworks them for modern America. Gilliam's complex interaction with Britain and America explains his ambiguous place in accounts of American and British films.

On the genealogy of fairy tales and the Brothers Grimm

Since the beginning of the nineteenth century folklorists, and the general public in their wake, have assumed the orality of fairy tales. This book takes an extreme position in that debate: as far as Tales of magic is concerned, the initial transmission proceded exclusively through prints. It displays the conception, ancestry and offspring of the Golden Bird dwells on the construction of the story type, the way the story found its way into the Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Kinder- und Hausmärchen. In the book Magician and His Pupil in which superficially magic is conquered by magic, moreover provides a counterbalance to the, at least within Europe, much more widespread warning about the dangers of occult knowledge. The possibility of a connection between Jack and the Beanstalk and a shamanistic World Tree had occurred because of the Dutch story of a Great Ship with a mast reaching into a never-never land. The Sky High Tree offers not only an example of a post-Grimm fairy tale recorded from oral presentations, it also serves the purpose of tackling the question of the age of fairy tales from a slightly different angle. The book also discusses the main problems of fairy tale research: variation, orality and, in the story's reincarnation as The Healing Fruits, the concept of the conglomerate tale. A historical approach to fairy tales has profound consequences for the organisation of one of folklore's main methodological tools, the tale-type index.

The Allusive Languages of Myth, Fairy Tale and Monstrosity in The Falconer
Sarah Dunnigan

This essay examines how Alice Thompson‘s novel, The Falconer (2008), creates a richly allusive Gothic weave by analysing its symbolic languages of myth, nature, and monstrosity, and how it reimagines and reinterprets other modes and texts associated with the Gothic, namely Du Maurier‘s Rebecca and the Bluebeard fairy tale, as well as Scottish ballad tradition and popular fairy belief. Mirroring the trope of metamorphosis which thematically and stylistically informs the novel, the essay also explores how these allusively poetic uses of Gothic become politicised in the portrayal of German Nazism and of traumatic historical memory.

Gothic Studies
A prologue
Willem de Blécourt

One of the seeds that germinated into this book was planted at the end of the 1980s. After finishing my research on five hundred years of witchcraft accusations in a small province of the Netherlands, I finally found the time to read Manfred Grätz’s thesis, Das Märchen in der deutschen Aufklärung (The Fairy Tale in the German Enlightenment), about the reception of

in Tales of magic, tales in print
Willem de Blécourt

after the original Hungarian, Dégh confessed that the stories she had collected seemed ‘even more influenced by literary fairy tales than I suggested or could document in this book’. The Kakasd corpus as a whole, although part of an oral practice, could only have ‘persisted because of printed materials’. 13 ‘Aunt Zsuzsa’ was nevertheless an accomplished (and later

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Towards a theory of talecraft
Willem de Blécourt

Bible) with a Zaubermärchen and to consider every ‘magical’ story within same category. As was mentioned in the discussion of the Magician and His Pupil, genuine magic books were considered to be dangerous. It was not just that the spirits and demons were difficult to control; the owner of a magic book had forfeited his soul. In the nineteenth-century version of the fairy tale, on the other hand, the

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Running into the forest in Russian fairy tales
Shannon Scott

death. Furthermore, like the Grey Wolf, Baba Yaga is never rattled by violence or brutality, either her own or that of others, inflicting no moral judgements on human behaviour with the exception of the behaviours that break her own unique code of ethics. And yet, despite her ferocious demeanour, Baba Yaga often assists the hero or heroine in their quest, as the Grey Wolf does for Ivan Tsarevich. Fairy tales or folktales featuring Baba Yaga and the Grey Wolf were popular, and continue to be so, in Russian culture. Alexander Afanas’ev, who collected

in In the company of wolves
Willem de Blécourt

A Russian fairy tale The ballet The Firebird , with music by Igor Stravinsky, was first performed in Paris in 1910. At the time the fairy tale components of its scenario were all thought to be truly and typically Russian: the hero Prince Ivan, the firebird herself, the deathless wizard king Koshchay, the garden with the dancing princesses, and the magic feather. While the

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