Modern and Traditional Fairy Tales
ONCE upon a time people told coming of age stories, tales about morality and living happily ever after. These folktales changed over time, depending on who told them and where they were told. Eventually they were written down and since then they have been passed on to children of all ages. This site is designed to explore the reasoning behind why authors chose to retell the stories in a particular fashion.
To aid the user in understanding the motives behind these retellings, and consequently the underwritten meanings of the tales, brief biographies of the authors have been included. Please take a moment to read these; they will provide you with a more in-depth understanding of the stories you are about to read.
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John Ower (Information not yet Available)
Adaptations on "Little Red Riding Hood"
The Story of Grandmother - Author Unknown
Little Red Riding Hood - Charles Perrault
Little Red Cap - Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Excerpt from "The Company of Wolves - Angela Carter
Comparison of all four renditions
Adaptations on Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel - Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
The Gingerbread House - John Ower
Gretel in Darkness - Louise Glück
Adaptations on Cinderella
Cinderella - Charles Perrault
Cinderella - Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
When The Clock Strikes - Tanith Lee
Comparision of all three renditions
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Angel Fernandez, 2003