Tuesday, April 05, 2005

A quick note

A quick note


Just saw a good post over at What Now's blog. She's (I've always assumed WN was a "she") talking about a relatively recent (in that way that medievalists think anything in the past hundred years is contemporary) film version of Snow White. The post is short, but a good conversation starter for me, especially because I really like kid lit, but don't think fairy tales are for kids. Actually, there's a lot to be said there, because so much kid lit is based on fairy tale imagery, I think, and I wonder if that's some literary form of presentism in action. I'll have to work that out and blog about it LATER!

4 comments:

wolfa said...

ADM, I also love modern rewrites of fairy tales. There are a lot of good ones; it seemes to be a more and more popular genre.

What Now? said...

I am in fact a "she"! I loved fairy tales as a kid, and when I go back and read some of them now, I'm amazed that my parents let me read such violent literature. I'm beginning to think about putting together a fairy tale course that would include both variations on the original tales and modern reworkings of them. Do you know Anne Sexton's Transformations? My students always love these rewritings of the tales, which point out the gender underpinnings of the tales.

Another Damned Medievalist said...

Good! I haven't read Sexton, but I'll put her on my list. My favorite (relatively) recent retelling is Sherri Tepper's "Beauty"

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