Fairy tales today: the new life of old stories
Gergana Petkova (Sofia Unversity "St Kliment Ohridski")
Vyara Nikolova (Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski)
Start time:
23 June, 2015 at 14:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Fairy tales today are a source of inspiration. They find their way into the classroom, in cinema, comics and animation, in literary works, art and visual culture. The panel welcomes contributors to explore the new way of existence of fairy tales nowadays.

Long abstract:

Fairy tales have a history of hundreds of years. The scholarship of folktales started in 19th century to continue in the following decades in many countries around the world. The folktale study was very intensive in the second half of the 20th century, when many new approaches were applied - from collecting and indexing folktales to analyzing and interpreting them with the help of socio-historical analysis, structural approach, psychology and depth-psychology interpretations, comparative study, gender-studies approach, etc. Since the beginning of the 21st century the fairy tales have found many new forms of existence. They are no longer "tales of lore", but a source of inspiration in various fields. They find their way into the classroom and in foreign language teaching, new readings of fairy tale motifs and types could be seen in cinema (like Maleficent, Jack the Giant Slayer, The brothers Grimm), folktale structure and characteristics become the building "bricks" of comics and animation stories (from the application of Vladimir Propp's morphology sequence in the works of Hayao Miyazaki to Marvel's heroes or Shrek), new interpretations of folktale motifs could be found in literary works (like Robin McKinley's Deerskin) , in art and visual culture. The panel welcomes contributors to explore how fairy tales are interpreted in various art forms and fields, to search for their new way of existence nowadays, to reveal how traditions are preserved and how new readings and interpretations facilitate the future existence of fairy tales.