Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, to be held in Hartford, CT, USA, 17-20 March 2016.
Description: This session invites papers focused on the formal and/or functional aspects of fairy-tale adaptations during the Victorian era. Proposals may choose to address either one or both of the following issues: (1) what rhetorical innovations were introduced into the narrative structures of the classic fairy tale, as exemplified by Charles Perrault’s Histoires ou contes du temps passé and the Grimm Brothers’ Kinder- und Hausmärchen? How did Victorian writers reshape canonical, allegedly timeless tales such as "Beauty and the Beast,” "Bluebeard,” or "Little Red Riding Hood”? (2) To what social and cultural uses did Victorians put the stories they adapted and also integrated into other genres, including poetry, novels, drama, and popular media? What ideological agendas or functions did their revisionary variants serve?