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“Fairy Tales and Their Transformation”

Dear Colleagues,

Fairy tales have been a part of human culture for centuries, captivating audiences with their fantastical stories and timeless themes. These tales have been passed down through generations, and as they were retold and reimagined, they underwent a transformation that reflects the changing values and beliefs of the societies in which they were told. In this theme, we will explore the evolution of fairy tales and their transformation over time. We will examine how these stories have been adapted and reinterpreted to reflect different cultural contexts, and how they continue to resonate with audiences today.

We invite both researchers and practitioners to submit their original research articles or reviews. This special issue will focus on the study of folktale narrative research, with an emphasis on the question surrounding what kinds of influences fairy tales have on modern society. We are particularly interested in papers and essays that address the following topics (including, but not limited to):

(A)Fact and Fiction in Folktales

Novels and other literary genres are based on author’s imaginary creation or the material that conforms to certain historical facts or stories of real people. Investigating the relationship between fact and fiction can, in a fundamental sense, be considered to have a literary dimension. The issue of fact and fiction depicted in folktale narratives is recognized as the subject of literary research.

(B)Gender Related Perspective in Contemporary Writing Based on Fairy Tales

From the literary and psychoanalytical history of the 19th century, female characters in literary works have often been associated with the unconscious or portrayed — paradoxically — as idealized “angel[s] in the house” (Sandra M. Gilbert/Susan Gubar). Thus, it is worth inquiring how the function of heroines in fairy tales are depicted in contemporary literature and films, and how their image has changed in relation to the 20th century concept of gender.

(C)Personification of Animals

Animals are sometimes considered wild and at odds with man-made culture. It can be said that one of the characteristics of fairy tales is the presence of animals which can speak in a human language, and are able to become either hero or villain in relation to humanity. Additionally, small animals and their appealing personality are a prominent feature in literary creations as well as in live-action or animated movies.

Guest Editors

Dr. Sayaka Oki

Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan)

Topics of interest: Humanities & Social Sciences, Literature (General Literature and German Literature), Literary Criticism, Pop Literature, Fairy Tales, Gender Studies

Authors should submit their manuscripts for the special issue by emailing them as an attachment to specialissue@hillpublish.com or by using the online submission system. The manuscript should be submitted by one of the authors, and submissions by anyone other than the authors will not be accepted. Additionally, the submitted manuscript should include a cover letter that specifies the special issue to which the manuscript is being submitted.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). The submitted papers should be properly formatted and written in fluent English. All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Guidelines page.

Deadline for manuscript submissions

February 10, 2024

List of Publications in This Special Issue