Marvelous Transformations: An Anthology of Fairy Tales and Contemporary Critical Perspectives is a collection of tales and original essays that moves beyond canonized "classics" and old paradigms, documenting the points of historical connection between literary tales and field-based collections. This innovative anthology reflects current interdisciplinary scholarship on oral traditions and the cultural history of the print fairy tale. Marvelous Transformations includes many texts that constitute the classic corpus of fairy tales, but expands that canon to consider examples of stage adaptations, poetry, and excerpts from longer works of prose fiction; underrepresented traditions that nonetheless have an impressive body of scholarship attached to them; and lesser-known stories from major authors. The anthology includes tales from a wide range of linguistic traditions and cultural contexts (Latin, Italian, French, French-Canadian, German, Arabic, British, Russian, Swedish, Nordic), a variety of media (print, oral, and theatrical), spanning antiquity to the present day. Original critical essays, newly written for this volume by leading scholars in fairy-tale studies, introduce readers to differing perspectives on key ideas in the field. Marvelous Transformations is the product of a cross-border collaboration between two scholars, trained in different disciplines and committed to interdisciplinary research and teaching. Christine A. Jones received her PhD in French from Princeton and is a French literature scholar at the University of Utah. Jennifer Schacker received her PhD in Folklore and is an Associate Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.
Jennifer Schacker holds a Ph.D.
in Folklore from Indiana University and is associate professor of
English at University of Guelph, where she has taught since 2002.
Her publications include National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy
Tales in Nineteenth-Century England (University of Pennsylvania
Press, 2003) and Marvelous Transformations: An Anthology of Fairy
Tales and Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Broadview Press,