(1/14/02 7:09:05 pm)
| re-writes and intros|
Hello. I have just come upon this forum and am impressed by the depth of knowledge and the sense of communal sharing of said knowledge here. wow.
I am an artist and am just beginning work on the preliminaries of what i hope will by a suite of short video works based on re-writes of folk/fairy tales. In essense, these will be short, abstracted, extracted texts melded with my own personal narrative, subjective and specific to my socio-cultural specifics.
I am new to researc within this genre, and I am looking at my pile of books and I know that my knowledge in this area is very INSUFFICIENT. I came to these pages while searching for tidbit's on propp's "morphology", which I am beginning to think might be slightly dubious in it's categorizations.
I think what I am looking for here are pointers on contemporary re-writes. I have read angela carter, and rikki dukornet and they really fit into what I'm looking for, but I know there is so much more.
What I particularly enjoy is:Beauty and the beast stories, transfiguration stories, feminine abject, basically anything with strong female psychology or social situating.
Any advice would be very appreciated
(1/15/02 4:22:11 am)
You want to get hold of:
my SISTER EMILY'S LIGHTSHIP, and my HERE THERE BE books (DRAGONS, WITCHES, ANGELS, UNICORNS, ANGELS)
Emma Donoghue's KISSING THE WITCH
Tanith Lee's various collections--RED AS BLOOD and others
Vivian Vande Velde's BROTHERS GRIMM & SISTERS WEIRD
and any of the fairy tale anthologies by Datlow & Windling
(1/15/02 7:03:22 am)
| Longer works ...|
Jane has pretty much covered the arena of short fiction (or I'm just in a fugue state where I can't think of anything to add ... likely a bit of both), so I'll stick to longer works. Jane's _Briar Rose_ (retells Sleeping Beauty), Robin McKinley's _Beauty_ (Beauty and the Beast), _Deerskin_ (Donkeyskin) , and _Spindle's End_ (Sleeping Beauty again), Orson Scott Card's _Enchantments_ (ditto), Tanith Lee's _White as Snow_ (Snow White), Pamela Dean's _Tam Lin_ (same as title), and _Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary_ (another old ballad, heavily influenced by Walter Benjamin's views on time, as I just discovered to my everlasting glee in the course of a theory class), to name only a few, provide some fascinating tetellings. I'll add more when I'm back at my bookshelves, and see if I can find some criticism on modern retellings for you (though you might start with the Endicott Studio Forum at www.endicott-studio.com).
(1/15/02 7:51:17 am)
| Retold fairy tales|
Since you mention Angela Carter and Rikki Dukornet, does that mean you're looking for works specifically geared to adult readers? If so, in the Carter/Dukornet vein, I'd second Jane's recommendation of Emma Donoghue's Kissing the Witch, and add to it A.S. Byatt's Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice, Sara Maitland's A Book of Spells, Carol Duffy's poetry collection The World's Wife, Anne Sexton's fairy tale poetry collection Tranformations, and Liz Locchead's poetry collection Dreaming Frankenstein.
Edited by: Terri at: 1/15/02 7:54:01 am
(1/15/02 7:52:54 am)
I'd also check out each of these areas on the Endicott Studio page:
The Coffee House: Mythic poetry and more
Recommendations: Books, art, music, etc.
Publications: Recent & forthcoming Endicott publications
Bibliography: Complete list of Endicott publications
The Endicott Studio Bookstore
And the reading lists:
(1/15/02 8:22:02 am)
| great suggestions|
These are extremely helpful suggestions, and I will start looking into them now. you were right that I am looking for the re-write geared toward the adult. Going through the message boards last night landed me at the endicott studios page and it is certainly a great resource, and refreshing on a web which is often not as content rich as one would wish it to be.