(1/23/01 3:22:48 pm)
|Do Fairies exist?|
I've got to an essay on this subject from a realist and an idealist perspective. Any help would be appreciated. Do you think (apart from the historic background of fairies)it does the subject justice to work primarily with Zipes and Bettelheim?
P.s. I've got two days to do it.
(1/26/01 6:55:24 am)
|Re: Do Fairies exist?|
Neither Zipes nor Bettleheim really deal with the subject of fairies themselves, but with "fairy tales" in general, which should really be called "wonder tales" or "magical tales," since they are not primarily about fairies but about mortal men and women in states of enchantment.
To read about the fairies themselves, fairy folklore, and fairy literature, I suggest the works of Katherine Briggs, Carole G. Silver, and Maureen Duffy.
(1/26/01 9:59:19 am)
You might also want to look at
biographies of A. Conan Doyle, who was hoodwinked into championing
many spiritualist frauds and fairy-photographs. There is, I believe
a book just on the most famous fairy-photo fiasco, which involved
two girls a camera and a lot of cut out pictures. A fantasy film
just a few years old that covers the same episode. In fact Paramount's
site for it www.fairytalemovie.com
includes links to a thumbnail sketch of the events surrounding the fraud, as well as to the Theosophical Society and others.
(1/26/01 4:17:38 pm)
The film (and book) "Photographing Fairies" was also based on the Cottingley photographs championed by Arthur Conan Doyle. And here's a bit of Victorian trivia: Conan Doyle's father, Charles Doyle, and uncle, Richard Doyle, were both Victorian artists who painted fairies. Richard ("Dickie") Doyle was particularly successful--illustrating books and painting huge canvases populated with hundreds of the little buggers. Charles, on the other hand, was an alcoholic, went mad, and did some of his most haunting work in an insane asylum. (As did the painter Richard Dadd, who murdered his father, and then spent the rest of his life in an asylum painting intricately detailed fairy pictures like "The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke.")
Also, Brian Froud & Terry Jones created a spoof on the whole Cottingley-photograph craze in their book "Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book."
For info on the Victorians and fairies, try this article: www.endicott-studio.com/forvctf.html
(1/28/01 2:33:24 pm)
Too late to help the original
poster now, but there's always Fairies:
Real Encounters With Little People by Janet Bord.
(1/28/01 11:47:52 pm)
A couple more late entries:
Besides "Real encounters" there is also "The Real World of Fairies - a First Person Account" by Dora Van Gelder and "The Secret Life of Nature" by Peter Tompkins - both of which deal with faery as fact rather than fiction.
Alot of what Brian Froud discusses in "Good Faeries, Bad Faeries (with Terri's help) and in his latest "Faery Oracle" (written by Jessica McBeth) mirror what is talked about in the above mentioned books.