Fairytale Roots and Transformations

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Abstract

This chapter investigates the diverse ways in which films make reference to and are inspired by specific and varying fairytale narratives, motifs and themes. Emotions and motivations carried across from the fairy tale enable films with more complex or historically situated narratives to embrace fairytale structures and roles. Universal concerns are layered with more difficult or forbidden subject matter, as a short cut to hopes, warnings, fears and horrors. This process enables insight into unspeakable or repressed scenarios of abuse within the home, associated with abandonment or even murder, and can sometimes uproot strategies for navigating the dark woods. This chapter creates a foundation for thinking about fairy tales and fairytale horror as both separate from, and merging with, gothic reflections and manifestations in film.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Media and Film StudiesUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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