Mixed Magic

Global-local dialogues in fairy tales for young readers

ISBN 9789027201621 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027265456 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Mixed Magic: Global-local dialogues in fairy tales for young readers considers retellings and adaptations from a ‘glocal’ context: a framework focused on the reciprocal and cross-cultural exchange between global processes and local practices and their potential transformative effects. The study examines an eclectic range of retellings from the East and West from the 19th century until the present, among them orientalized picturebook versions of Beauty and the Beast and Bluebeard; Disney’s animated classics; Asian versions of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid; Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel American Born Chinese; and the fantasy films of Hayao Miyazaki. Drawing on theories of globalization, cognitive narratology, subjectivity, and eastern thought, the book reveals new implications for intertextual analysis. This beautifully illustrated volume is the first sustained study of the effects of global-local and East-West interchanges on representations of self and Others in children’s literature and folklore studies.
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“What kinds of meanings emerge from the negotiations between global and local narratives of identity in fairy tales and literature for children? Katrina Gutierrez’s approach to “glocal” transformations of fairy tales highlights their contribution to children’s cross-cultural literacy and to a creative dialogue of East & West subjectivities. What’s new about the book is how it grounds the globalized, Euro-American fairy tale in East-Asian and South-East Asian YA novels, picture books, anime, telenovelas, and “Frog King” tales, inviting us to value the creativity and agency of their “mixed magic.” This is a timely and significantly situated move in decolonizing fairy-tale studies. The sophisticated and passionate analysis clearly demonstrates how the fairy-tale’s teller or adapter's investment in a web of cultural relations can work to re-imagine femininity and masculinity, human agency, and ecology.”
“The theory of glocal blending Katrina Gutierrez develops in this far-sighted study of fairy tale and related forms has exciting implications for the study of all children’s literature. Bringing together the breadth of a corpus drawn from across the world and a precise methodology grounded in cognitive narratology, she demonstrates how processes of creative interchange between local and global, and East and West, produce particular “glocal” effects. Awareness of the glocal subjectivities implicit in these effects enables a stimulating, new understanding of discourses of ethnicity, race, gender, and class. The material gathered here is fascinating and subtle arguments about it are presented clearly and accessibly, so the book is not just illuminating but everywhere a pleasure to read.”
“This is an excellent examination of the way in which children’s literature through the scripts and schemas of the universal fairy tale can reveal that contradictory sameness is not only achievable but preferable over the elimination of difference. I believe that this is not only an examination of children’s literature but also a useful praxis in attempting to navigate the contemporary. Hybridity and mutability need to be fostered in times where demarcation and international relations seem to be at an all-time low.”
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Appel, Charlotte, Nina Christensen & M.O. Grenby
2023. Introduction. In Transnational Books for Children 1750-1900 [Children’s Literature, Culture, and Cognition, 15],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Gutierrez, Anna Katrina
2019. Global Stories, Local Imagination: Glocal Innovations in Filipino Children’s Films. In The Palgrave Handbook of Children's Film and Television,  pp. 379 ff. DOI logo
Tosi, Laura & Alessandro Cabiati
2023. Introduction: Fairy Tales and Other Horrors. Literature 4:1  pp. 22 ff. DOI logo
Wang, Cathy Yue
2020. Chinese Folklore for Modern Times: Three Feminist Re-visions of The Legend of the White Snake. Asian Studies Review 44:2  pp. 183 ff. DOI logo
Wang, Cathy Yue
2020. Disappearing Fairies and Ghosts: Female and Child Characters as Others in Chinese Contemporary Children’s Fantasy. Children's Literature in Education 51:4  pp. 433 ff. DOI logo

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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

Main BIC Subject

DSY: Children's literature studies: general

Main BISAC Subject

LIT009000: LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's & Young Adult Literature
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