Storytelling (Fairy Tales in Contemporary American and European Storytelling Performance)

Daniel Joseph Sobol, Csenge Virág Zalka

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Fairy tales (or “wonder tales”) continue to play an essential part in the repertoire of many contemporary storytellers.Storytelling revivalism and preservationism are as old as the rise of print and the widespread internalization of literacy.In this retrospective light, the self-conscious creation of venues for storytelling performances illumined through the prism of a theorized and nostalgia-tinted past becomes a duty assumed by generations of cultural activists. Just as the tales have migrated across languages, cultures, and regions and so become hosts for a diversity of media, meanings, and messages, so wonder tales in contemporary performance take on a range of aesthetics and agendas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Media and Fairy-Tale Cultures
EditorsPauline Greenhill, Jill Terry Rudy, Naomi Hamer, Lauren Bosc
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781315670997
ISBN (Print)9781138946156
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions


  • storytelling
  • Fairy tales
  • American
  • european
  • Revival
  • preservation


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