The Postmodern Fairy Tale: Folkloric Intertexts in Contempoary Fiction

Hardcover | September 15, 2007

byKevin Paul Smith

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Why is Shrek one of the greatest selling DVDs of all time? Why do shampoo advertisements base themselves on Sleeping Beauty? Why is it that in this age where there are stories surrounding us in every media imaginable, that the same simple stories keep being told? This study attempts to explain why fairy tales keep popping up in the most unexpected places and why the best storytellers begin their tales with 'once upon a time'.

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Why is Shrek one of the greatest selling DVDs of all time? Why do shampoo advertisements base themselves on Sleeping Beauty? Why is it that in this age where there are stories surrounding us in every media imaginable, that the same simple stories keep being told? This study attempts to explain why fairy tales keep popping up in the mos...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023050048X

ISBN - 13:9780230500488

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * Introduction * The Eight Elements of Intertextual Use of Fairy Tales * Architextual/ Chronotopic Intertextuality and Magic Realism in Kate Atkinson's Human Croquet * Metafictive Intertextuality: Defining the 'Storyteller' Chronotope * Battling the Nightmare of Myth, Terry Pratchett's Fairy Tale Inversions * Conclusion * Notes * Bibliography * Index