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Fairy Tales and the Otherwise

Fri. Sep. 22 12:30 PM - Fri. Sep. 22 01:30 PM

Guest Speaker Cristina Bacchilega

Friday, September 22, 2023 | 12:30-1:30

Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (3C25) and on Zoom

To join on Zoom contact Sabrina Mark (sa.mark@uwinnipeg.ca)

Certain fantastic tales invite us not only to go elsewhere with our imaginations, but also to imagine and think otherwise. Taking up this invitation in selected animated fairy-tale films, I focus on their storyworlds and the dynamic process of cocreation involved in storyworld thinking. These wondrous narratives present us with networks of relations that inspire moving beyond anthropocentrism, and they project or call for a counterworld to lived realities of injustice. My approach combines fairy-tale studies, postclassical narratology, cultural studies, Indigenous studies, and gender studies.

Cristina Bacchilega is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa and coeditor of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies. Her books include Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies; Legendary Hawai‘i and the Politics of Place; Fairy Tales Transformed? 21st-Century Adaptations and the Politics of Wonder, and several coedited anthologies including Inviting Interruptions: Wonder Tales in the 21st Century with Jennifer Orme.

Event poster for "Fairy Tales and the Otherwise" - photo of Cristina Bacchilega and text (details of the event, all on webpage)