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The Postmodern Fairy Tale: Folkloric Intertexts in Contempoary Fiction
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 s ...more
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published September 15th 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan
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What I liked most about this was Smith's attention to the embedding of stories within stories, ala the Arabian Nights structure. For me, it gave me a lot of fertile ground for thinking about the role of storytellers within narratives, as well as the role of the tellee. Also, while he primarily is looking at a specific subset of fiction and intertexts in the literary tradition, he does sometimes examine film as well. His prose was probably of average scholarly caliber--nothing awful, nothing amaz ...more