Presenting a Reimagined Analytical Model for Engaging with a Reimagined Literary Fairy Tale

Maggie Mercil (Utah State University)

Contemporary literary fairy tales have a way of challenging not only the traditional themes and patterns persistent in classic variations, but they also challenge the existing models of long-established fairy tale analysis. As such, this paper presents a unique model intended for applying existing scholarship to newer texts. Following Vladimir Propp’s linear structure, Bengt Holbek’s three-dimensional cube illustrating binary oppositions, and Jeana Jorgensen’s quantitative approach, this new model applies their methods for the analysis of “Thorn”, a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” written by Anna Burke. This model, an octahedron, is not only a multifunctional tool for mapping out various approaches, but it is also a multidimensional tool capable of rotating and shifting relationship dynamics and broadening perspectives.

Part of 09-14 Examining Folk and Fairy Tales, Saturday, October 15, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm