(1/12/02 8:42:29 am)
| Linda Gray Sexton|
You can find Linda Gray Sexton's piece in Mirror, Mirror, Allyson.
There has been one opera produced from Sexton's work, that also incorporates biographical material, I believe . . . it's based on Transformations. I haven't been able to get it on video, but maybe you'll have better luck with access to a research library? I think there are also two recordings of 'Her Kind,' a rock band Sexton toured with, which might be interesting to you (if you haven't already heard them) if you do write a play based on Sexton's life . . .
(1/12/02 2:52:51 pm)
I've been coming to this board in fits and starts for about a year;
the life of a grad student is fraught with peril and woe and massive
piles of books. I've got an MA in folklore from Ohio State, and
am currently working on a PhD. in folklore and children's lit at
the University of Florida. I hope there is a professorship somewhere
in my future, but I'm open to other options. I'm also a part-time
actor; next up is an evening of Shakespeare love scenes at the local
Like Helen, I'm a little embarrassed that I whip out my academic credentials when someone asks who I am, but really, I'm completely obsessed with my subject. Fairy tales! and children's lit! teaching this stuff! what could be better? It gives me something to occupy my time while waiting for the next Harry Potter book, anyway. (Speaking of, my favorite characters are Fred and George; Hermione makes me wince in recognition.)
I start writing my dissertation next year (crosses fingers); it
will likely be on fairy tales in young adult novels. I'm actually
quivering with excitement at the thought. Really! Forget shopping
or lovers or foreign travel, what makes me jump for joy is the prospect
of burying myself under mounds of books and rootling through them.
That probably tells you all you need to know about my character.
(1/15/02 10:54:46 am)
| Hi all...|
I'm 23, and I work as an administrative assistant (that's a fancy name for 'secretary') with the Canadian federal government. I live in Ottawa, Ontario, with my boyfriend, two cats and two dogs.
I'm do more visual artist than I do writing, although I have written a few articles about Paganism which have been 'published' on the internet. I'm thinking of writing a book of spells and meditations based on fairy tales. I went to the Alberta College of Art and Design for two years (art-school dropout, heh heh). I have a few pieces up in tattoo studios (another big interest of mine), and I'm working on a series of paintings based on the symbolic 'props' in fairy tales: my Sleeping Beauty is a spinning wheel and a window filled with thorns.
(1/15/02 6:06:44 pm)
I've been a fan of this board for quite a while, though I haven't posted anything in quite sometime.
Though I've always been interested in folklore and fairytales and myths, as an illustrator I was truly inspired when I took a folk narrative class as an illustration student at the Rhode Island School of Design. I was lucky enough to get into a class taught by Barry Moser (I felt so unworthy!) and it was marvelous getting a peek into his world.
Strangely enough, now that I've moved to New York City, every day, I see more and more how little fairy tale and folklore elements creep into my day. From the buildings that surround me to the people I see on the street. It's so wonderful to find more people who see the same things. What a wonderful, wise, imaginative, fantastic group of people there are on this board! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and knowledge.
If anyone is interested in seeing some examples of my work, I have a few pieces posted on Portfolios.com, while I am building my own site.
The address is: www.portfolios.com/profile.wga?MyUrl+lucianamallozzii
(1/15/02 6:38:04 pm)
| Luciana's Portfolia|
Luciana, your work is lovely. Everyone else should stop by for a look.
(1/15/02 9:14:28 pm)
| Re: Luciana's Portfolia|
I just LOVE your work...especially the sleepy witch and the hiking crone...:-)
Just my 2 cents...
(1/17/02 11:18:29 am)
My goodness -- what the heck is going on in my post? I was interrupted while editing that sentence. It should read "I do more visual art than I do writing." (...Does kind of prove the point though.)
(1/17/02 12:19:34 pm)
| thanks for taking a peek|
Thank you. The hiking crone is actually from the Italian legend of the Befana, who brings toys to all Italian children, in hopes that one might be the Christ child. Apparently, it's a Christianized version of a much older Pagan story.
Looking forward to reading your play, as i am too far away to attend.
(1/17/02 1:02:11 pm)
| a quiet introduction|
hi, i'm jill, a freshman at boston university (i'm an unofficial english major). i have always loved reading fairy tales and folk lores of all sorts. I write a little bit, mostly poems and (unfinished) short stories. They remain safely tucked away on the various floppy disks that are scatter about my side of the dorm room. I don't really know what more to say about my self that would be of interest to others.
What frightens me at my school is how the majority of my friends know nothing about fairy tales. They've heard of the ones Disney made into films but none of the others and then i go and corrupt their ideas about them...
(1/17/02 2:16:42 pm)
| Re: Introductions.|
Hello to all. My name is Michelle. I am a soon to be single mother of 4. I LOVE myth and fairy tales. My english class is covering them right now, so please help me with my paper (by answering my post). Nice meeting you all.
Jane- love your books
Terri- just starting to read some or yours
(1/17/02 3:19:29 pm)
| Re: a quiet introduction|
Don't be quiet Jill, join in the wonderful noise! (And welcome to
Boston- I work there, went to college there, met my fiance there.)
As for fairy tales at your school, here are a few links I found
through the BU search engine and "fairy tales":
(1/17/02 8:07:38 pm)
| Re: a quiet introduction|
thanks for the links Kerri. I'll be sure to check them out as soon as possible (which happens to be right now).
(1/18/02 7:45:38 am)
Is anyone else getting loops? I can't get past this topic without going back to GO.
(1/21/02 1:10:47 pm)
| Hi, this is Lotti|
I have for some time only been reading posts, though I did post once in a while before. As I know I will not be able to keep my mouth shut for long ;-) I thought I should also introduce myself...
My name is Lotti, I am 32 years old and I was born&live in Germany. I have lived most of my life in a small town close to Hanau, the town where the brothers Grimm were born. Guess you just can't live there without getting into fairy tales...
Ever since I was a kid, I have loved fairy tales and devoured everything in the area of fairy tales, myth, legends and fantasy. When I was younger, I thought looking "behind" the fairy tales would somehow lessen their impact and value for me, so I did not want to read about interpreting fairy tales and such. I guess I thought reading about the meaning would distract from the beauty of the wording and the feeling the tales evoke. Like, by explaining it the mystery and magic would be destroyed? For some time now, I have changed my mind (and I'm glad about it) and I find "the story behind the story" a very fascinating subject, too. I am very impressed with all the professional knowledge of a lot of people on this board, as I am strictly amateur (that is, I do not study literature or folk lore).
Well, as most of us who like to read, I also write - fairy tales. I dream that one of these days I will feel satisfied enough with them to put them into a little collection and have them printed for my friends.
One of my other hobbies (obsessions?) is hats. I liked hats well enough until I was so foolish as to take a course in hatmaking. Since then, my collection of (felt) hats keeps growing as does my collection of Millinery books.
IS THERE EVER ENOUGH ROOM FOR ONE'S BOOKS??????? Must be one of Murphy's laws that you are always one shelf short...
As for my job, I'm in accounting for a major German Airline (their Cargo branch, at present). I don't have kids yet and I am still unwed at my ripe old age ;-)
Fairy tale character I will most likely turn into: Rumpelstilzchen - oh that horrible temper! Pity, though - I don't know how to spin straw to gold.
Greetings to all!
(1/21/02 10:43:49 pm)
| miscellaneous stuff|
I haven't had any trouble with the site to answer your question.
I used to live in G'ville myself. There is some great local folklore if you talk to some of the old natives in those parts (why else could such wonderful books be written about Cross Creek and other local parts). Have you had time to explore that? The woods alone should inspire the best of fantasy. Wish I had known you were there back in October - we could have had a nice chat.
What ever happened with that fairy tale vending machine? Glad to see you are back.
(1/22/02 11:32:15 am)
I feel remiss in not posting an introduction to myself, given all of these lovely self-introductions. But I'm not sure what to say. I've published one novel based on fairy tales and am at work on the second in the series--I plan three. I've also edited a collection of original essays about writers favorite fairy tales. I live in the Pacific Northwest, where I teach literature and writing at an art college. I am so happy to have this board to come to for inspiration and information, and thank everyone who participates in it for the kindness reflected here.
(1/22/02 2:10:52 pm)
| a new heavy user|
I just joined up with the board, and wanted to introduce myself. Jeannine Blackwell. I translate fairy tales (German to English), and I teach a large lecture class on European Fairy Tales at the University of Kentucky. Heidi has graciously given me permission to use SurLaLune texts in the class -- what a marvelous resource!
You all don't need to write back your own bio-introductions -- I read all of them from the string of greetings to Omar Morales. But I'd love an acknowledgement or two.
I encountered all kinds of obscure facts about German women's fairy tales when my co-translator, Shawn Jarvis, and I prepared our anthology, The Queen's Mirror (U. Nebraska, 2001). [That was the plug of the book, just in case you missed it.]
I'm also a professor of German & women's studies, associate dean of the Graduate School, Girl Scout cookie mother, and have a daughter named Bettina, after Bettina von Arnim. One of my friends said, when she her what we'd named Bettina: "Oh great! she'll have something to talk about in therapy 25 years from now."
(1/22/02 4:55:47 pm)
| Re: a new heavy user|
Welcome Jeannine -
I look forward to seeing your book.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who's saddled my daughters with names they may go into therapy over. Oldest is Cerridwyn - I know I know, where the 'y' came from I'm not sure, blame it on labor, but there it is and I like it regardless - and the youngest is Magdalene. (On hearing this a friend of mine teased - you named your daughter after a whore who loved Jesus?) Cerri and Maggie for short.
Again, welcome. Laura Mc
(1/23/02 2:36:08 pm)
| Hi Jeannine!|
You'll find quite a few folks who can identify around here -- several faculty and a number of grad students. I hope to be joining their ranks in the near future, with applications pending at Duke, Emory, and IU Bloomington -- though you make me sorry I didn't apply to Kentucky! I too am interested in folklore and women's studies, and German will be my primary language in my Comp Lit degree. I'm thrilled to learn of your book, and it's on my to-order list right now. So, a resounding welcome!
(1/24/02 7:32:44 am)
| Re: Hi Jeannine!|
Welcome, Jeannine! I just read your book (The Queen's Mirror: Fairy Tales by German Women, 1780-1900), a few weeks ago and loved it -- so it's wonderful to meet you (electronically speaking).
Perhaps you can answer the question in the thread below concerning Benedikte Naubert's work...? (Where you'll see that your book has been plugged on this discussion board once before!)