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New research on ancient origins of fairy tales

The has an interesting story on the ancient origins of fairy tales titled "Fairy tale origins thousands of years old, researchers say." The story tells of the research at the Universities of Durham and Lisbon that reveals that some basic fairy tale ideas go back quite some time: Using techniques normally employed by biologists, […]

Marina Warner discusses "How Fairytales grew up"

Over at Marina Warner has an interesting essay titled "How fairytales grew up." An excerpt: Fairytales are enjoying a huge rise in popularity and influence in symbiosis with the internet. The traditional functions of the bard and the griot in predominantly oral cultures included “keeping the memory of the tribe”, as Derek Walcott remarked […]

Call for Papers: Fairy Tales

The list for the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association recently shared a call for papers on fairy tales: The new millennium has born witness to a multitude of reinventions. Various mythological creatures have been reinvented, vampires, werewolves, and zombies to name but a few. Fairy tales also have been recreated in an ever […]

Guillermo del Toro and Auteur Metaphysics

For a long time I have been interested in the influences on those who make great films and television, and how these influences are reflected in the art they produce. This is especially the case with those artists who embody their art, their art coming out as a result of the creative passions they live […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Highlight: The Tale of the Three Brothers

This last Saturday I went with my family to the theater to see the latest installment in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows - Part 1. It may come as a surprise to regular readers of this blog who are familiar with my passion for the fantastic, but I have never […]

Call for Papers on Fairy Tales

The Popular Culture Association has another call for papers, this one coming in the area of fairy tales. The CFP is reproduced below. Curiously, there is no mention of contemporary fairy tales as expressed through Guillermo del Toro and his masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth, or as Walter Rankin has suggested in his book Grimm Pictures (McFarland, […]

Fairy Tales: Popular Culture Association Call for Proposals

2010 National Conference March 31 - April 3 St. Louis, Missouri Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2009 The Fairy Tales Area of the Popular Culture Association invites submissions on any topic involving Fairy Tales for the 2010 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Convention, to be held March 31-April 3 in St. Louis. The Fairy Tales […]

Post-Millennial Road-Horror

Texas Chainsaw Massacre I recently discovered an interesting academic source that explores horror and which I have included in my Exploring the Fantastic links, the Irish Gothic Horror Journal. This is a publication available in totality on the Internet, and as I reviewed the contents for various issues one of the items that caught my […]

Grimm Pictures: Walter Rankin on Fairy Tale Archetypes, Horror and Suspense Films

In my research for materials that address issues related to this blog's focus I recently came across an intriguing book by Walter Rankin titled Grimm Pictures: Fairy Tale Archetypes in Eight Horror and Suspense Films (McFarland, 2007). As the title indicates Rankin makes a connection between archetypal images, themes, and symbols and contemporary horror and […]

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence - Box Office Disappointment But Philosophical Treat

Like many people, I am a fan of the work of director Steven Spielberg. Whenever I get the chance I enjoy watching his films, and catching various "behind the scenes" programs and interviews where this talented director speaks about his craft. There are a few of his films that I have never seen, but have […]

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