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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

More on Enchantment & Fairy Tales

Last year I posted a link to The Uses of Enchantment, but thought with this year's Once Upon a Time challenge, someone else might be interested in it.

Another posting
from last year was my review of Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales. This book of essays by such writers as Ursula Le Guin, Julia Alvarez, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Midori Snyder, and Terry Windling offer memories and discoveries involving the dramatic effect of fairy tales on the lives of these women writers. It was fascinating and informative.

And a link to a poem about Rapunzel by William Morris (1834-1896).


  1. I missed these links last year, so thanks for re-posting them. I really enjoyed The Uses of Enchantment. The following line certainly rang true for me.

    "They are tales that encourage subversion and foster ambition. Not only are they on the side of the poor, the small, the young and the defenceless – they have heroines as strong as resourceful as any feminist could wish."

  2. lisa- I think it is an excellent essay ~ Glad you enjoyed it, too!

  3. Your review of Mirror Mirror on the Wall is the reason why it's on my list for the challenge this year. I am very much looking forward to reading it.

    I had missed the link to the essay though - thanks!

  4. Nymeth - I hope you like it as much as I did! I loved seeing which writer preferred which fairy tale. I was so impressed at the weight fairy tales carried in some of their lives.