New Approaches to Teaching Folk and Fairy Tales

edited by Christa C. Jones and Claudia Schwabe

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“A smart, balanced, and pedagogically useful collection. . . . [It has] a lot to offer experienced and novice teachers of fairy tales in varied institutional and national settings.”

—Cristina Bacchilega, University of Hawai’i

"[M]ost timely. . . .​ [this] collection of essays offers practical advice to instructors seeking to use folk and fairy tale narrative to engage and educate their students. In it, successful instructors describe their courses. They detail course goals and strategies. They offer suggested readings and describe course activities. I took a number of ideas from this book for use in the courses I am currently teaching."


"The essays held this reader's interest with their lively prose and their attractive blend of familiar texts with frequently novel forms of explication.​"​
Journal of Folklore Research
"There is a wealth of useful advice offered to the practitioner. . . .[New Approaches to Teaching Folk and Fairytales] will mark the inception of a wider literature devoted to the challenge of describing and disseminating applied folktale and fairy tale pedagogies."

Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies

"I found all the essays in this volume useful and inspiring... they are a treasure trove of ideas. Together, they reveal the rich variety of approaches and methods in contemporary courses based on or incorporating fairy tales and amply demonstrate the value of fairy tales in the university classroom."


New Approaches to Teaching Folk and Fairy Tales provides invaluable hands-on materials and pedagogical tools from an international group of scholars who share their experiences in teaching folk- and fairy-tale texts and films in a wide range of academic settings.

This interdisciplinary collection introduces scholarly perspectives on how to teach fairy tales in a variety of courses and academic disciplines, including anthropology, creative writing, children’s literature, cultural studies, queer studies, film studies, linguistics, second language acquisition, translation studies, and women and gender studies, and points the way to other intermedial and intertextual approaches. Challenging the fairy-tale canon as represented by the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, Hans Christian Andersen, and Walt Disney, contributors reveal an astonishingly diverse fairy-tale landscape.

The book offers instructors a plethora of fresh ideas, teaching materials, and outside-the-box teaching strategies for classroom use as well as new and adaptable pedagogical models that invite students to engage with class materials in intellectually stimulating ways. A cutting-edge volume that acknowledges the continued interest in university courses on fairy tales, New Approaches to Teaching Folk and Fairy Tales enables instructors to introduce their students to a new, critical understanding of the fairy tale as well as to a host of new tales, traditions, and adaptations in a range of media.

Contributors: Anne E. Duggan, Cyrille François, Lisa Gabbert, Pauline Greenhill, Donald Haase, Christa C. Jones, Christine A. Jones, Jeana Jorgensen, Armando Maggi, Doris McGonagill, Jennifer Orme, Christina Phillips Mattson, Claudia Schwabe, Anissa Talahite-Moodley, Maria Tatar, Francisco Vaz da Silva, Juliette Wood



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Christa C. Jones is associate professor of French and associate department head in the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies at Utah State University. Her research has appeared in CELAAN Review, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Dalhousie French Studies, Expressions maghrébines, Francofonia, French Review, Jeunesse, Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the author of Cave Culture in Maghrebi Literature: Imagining Self and Nation (2012) and the coeditor of Women from the Maghreb, Dalhousie French Studies (volume 103, Fall 2014). 

Claudia Schwabe is assistant professor of German at Utah State University and teaches courses in German language, literature, and culture, including fairy tales. She has published on varied subjects, such as East German fairy-tale films, magic realism, European literary fairy tales of the Romantic period, German Orientalism, televisual adaptations of classical tales, and fairy-tale pedagogy. Her work has appeared in Channeling Wonder, Marvels & Tales, Journal of Folklore Research, The German Quarterly, Cultural Analysis, Poetica Magazine, and elsewhere. She is currently working on her monograph Craving Supernatural Creatures: German Fairy-Tale Figures in American Pop Culture, which is under contract with Wayne State University Press's Series in Fairy-Tale Studies.



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  • Paperback Price: $26.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60732-480-5
  • Ebook Price: $21.95
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  • Publication Month: August
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Pages: 248
  • Illustrations: 12 figures
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  • Author: edited by Christa C. Jones and Claudia Schwabe
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