Cinderella came out this week: in anticipation of this, there has been a pitched war between the bloggers and movie critics who say it represents a dangerous return to 1950s assumptions about womanhood and female desirability or that it’s a refreshingly straightforward reminder of belief in kindness and achieving impossible dreams. Read more... “Fairy Tales: Why the Glass Slipper Fits More than One Foot”
Question #2 in the Tea Party Question List:
How does Shakespeare’s drawing on his “fairy tales” (i.e. Hamlet) compare to the modern synthesis of fairytales into popular entertainment?
This is a difficult question to answer, mostly because of how little information we have about local lore in the time of Shakespeare and about his writing process. Read more... “What Shakespeare and Screenwriters Have in Common”
In these posts we will be doing our best to provide a preliminary answer to some of the questions asked at last week’s Mad Hatter Tea Party. Please note that these answers are not intended to be exhaustive: rather, they are an illustration of how someone might start to research using the database, and we hope that they will encourage and enable readers to continue the process on their own. Read more... “How Alice Became a Fairy Tale. Sort of.”