“A smart, balanced, and pedagogically useful collection. . . . [It has] a lot to offer experienced and novice teachers of fairy tales in varied institutional and national settings.”
—Cristina Bacchilega, University of Hawai’i
—Journal of Folklore Research
"There is a wealth of useful advice offered to the practitioner. . . .[New Approaches to Teaching Folk and Fairytales] will mark the inception of a wider literature devoted to the challenge of describing and disseminating applied folktale and fairy tale pedagogies."
"I found all the essays in this volume useful and inspiring... they are a treasure trove of ideas. Together, they reveal the rich variety of approaches and methods in contemporary courses based on or incorporating fairy tales and amply demonstrate the value of fairy tales in the university classroom."
New Approaches to Teaching Folk and Fairy Tales provides invaluable hands-on materials and pedagogical tools from an international group of scholars who share their experiences in teaching folk- and fairy-tale texts and films in a wide range of academic settings.
This interdisciplinary collection introduces scholarly perspectives on how to teach fairy tales in a variety of courses and academic disciplines, including anthropology, creative writing, children’s literature, cultural studies, queer studies, film studies, linguistics, second language acquisition, translation studies, and women and gender studies, and points the way to other intermedial and intertextual approaches. Challenging the fairy-tale canon as represented by the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, Hans Christian Andersen, and Walt Disney, contributors reveal an astonishingly diverse fairy-tale landscape.
The book offers instructors a plethora of fresh ideas, teaching materials, and outside-the-box teaching strategies for classroom use as well as new and adaptable pedagogical models that invite students to engage with class materials in intellectually stimulating ways. A cutting-edge volume that acknowledges the continued interest in university courses on fairy tales, New Approaches to Teaching Folk and Fairy Tales enables instructors to introduce their students to a new, critical understanding of the fairy tale as well as to a host of new tales, traditions, and adaptations in a range of media.
Contributors: Anne E. Duggan, Cyrille François, Lisa Gabbert, Pauline Greenhill, Donald Haase, Christa C. Jones, Christine A. Jones, Jeana Jorgensen, Armando Maggi, Doris McGonagill, Jennifer Orme, Christina Phillips Mattson, Claudia Schwabe, Anissa Talahite-Moodley, Maria Tatar, Francisco Vaz da Silva, Juliette Wood