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Online Fairy Tale Research Resources Unveiled

Monday, December 08, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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A diamond session at the 2014 Annual Meeting, "At the Crossroads of Tales and Computers,” introduced the International Fairy Tale Filmography (IFTF) and Fairy Tales Teleography and Visualizations (FTTV), two archival online tools for intermedial fairy tale research.

The International Fairy-Tale Filmography, http://iftf.uwinnipeg.ca/, is a database indexing fairy tales in films; it is searchable by title, director, person, company, country, language, or origin (Aarne-Thompon-Uther tale-type names and numbers and/or literary fairy-tale titles and authors). It was created by Jack Zipes, Pauline Greenhill, and Kendra Magnus-Johnston, and funded by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). It is available free of charge, open access to all users. Users are encouraged to suggest films under "Contribute." There is also a "How-To Video" and further information on fairy tales and fairy-tale films.

The Fairy Tales Teleography and Visualizations, http://fttv.byu.edu, features a searchable database and interactive visualizations of fairy tales on television. The visuals show relationships between tales, television shows, and broadcast networks over time. Currently, most entries focus on North American television with some European and Asian references. The project, based on the print teleography compiled by Kendra Magnus-Johnston for the essay collection Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television, was led by Jill Terry Rudy, and funded by a Brigham Young University Mentored Environment Grant and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) partnership development grant.

The FTTV project, an evolving work-in-progress, leverages data processing and visualization methods that are becoming significant paradigms in digital humanities scholarship; specifically, the goal is to reposition and extend the existing teleography into an expanding data corpus that can be mined and analyzed visually, spatially, and temporally as well as linguistically, ideologically, and sociohistorically.

Try it yourself: search the database for specific tale titles, ATU type numbers, or television shows at http://fttv.byu.edu#datatable or interact with the graphs, charts, and diagrams at http://fttv.byu.edu/#visualizations; use the drop-down menus to choose from a variety of perspectives on the data collected so far. Check out the blog, and offer comments, at http://fairytales.byu.edu to see interpretive possibilities and database decision-making.



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