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Fairy Tale Films

Visions of Ambiguity

edited by Pauline Greenhill and Sidney Eve Matrix

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foreword by Jack Zipes

Fairy Tale Films provides a fresh exploration of the age-old question as to whether art imitates life or life imitates art and what happens when narrative tradition becomes filmic.”
“While this text holds tremendous appeal for both film and folklore scholars, it should not be ignored by the scores of moviegoers who would likely be fascinated by these discussions.”

In this, the first collection of essays to address the development of fairy tale film as a genre, Pauline Greenhill and Sidney Eve Matrix stress, "the mirror of fairy-tale film reflects not so much what its audience members actually are but how they see themselves and their potential to develop (or, likewise, to regress)." As Jack Zipes says further in the foreword, “Folk and fairy tales pervade our lives constantly through television soap operas and commercials, in comic books and cartoons, in school plays and storytelling performances, in our superstitions and prayers for miracles, and in our dreams and daydreams. The artistic re-creations of fairy-tale plots and characters in film—the parodies, the aesthetic experimentation, and the mixing of genres to engender new insights into art and life—mirror possibilities of estranging ourselves from designated roles, along with the conventional patterns of the classical tales.”

Here, scholars from film, folklore, and cultural studies move discussion beyond the well-known Disney movies to the many other filmic adaptations of fairy tales and to the widespread use of fairy tale tropes, themes, and motifs in cinema.


Marvels & Tales 2012 by Cathy Lynn Preston, University of Colorado
Folklore Forum 2012 by Lydia Bringerud, Indiana University

Journal of Folklore Research 2011 by Daniel P. Compora, University of Toledo


Pauline Greenhill is professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. She is the author or coeditor of numerous books including Make the Night Hideous, Unsettling Assumptions, The Routledge Companion to Media and Fairy-Tale Culture, and Clever Maids, Fearless Jacks, and a Cat. Her work has appeared in Signs, Marvels & Tales, Resources for Feminist Research, Journal of American Folklore, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, and Parallax, among others.

Sidney Eve Matrix is Queen's National Scholar and assistant professor of film and media at Queen's University in Kingston. She teaches mass communications and popular film. Her research involves digital technology cultural and consumer trends.

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  • Paperback Price: $28.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-781-0
  • Ebook Price: $22.95
  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-782-7
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Pages: 270
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  • Author: edited by Pauline Greenhill and Sidney Eve Matrix
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