Anthologies and Tale Collections

Authored by: Jessie Riddle

The Routledge Companion to Media and Fairy-Tale Cultures

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138946156
eBook ISBN: 9781315670997
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Anthologies, here defined as collections shaped with a critical aegis or intent, constitute an important piece of the fairy-tale form. These collections respond to and help shape the identity of groups associated with particular tales. The media through which fairy-tale groupings are conveyed—oral, print, television, or film—also condition perceptions of the fairy tale and the cultural identities associated with it. New strategies of combining fairy tales, such as the “mash-up,” draw on existing tropes of the “fairy tale canon” while also complicating popular understandings of what the term “fairy tale” means. Fairy-tale anthology as a genre expresses both heteroglossia and simplicity as it draws on existing notions of identity and fairy tale and then critiques and complicates those understandings by placing varied stories side by side.

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