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The Oral Tradition of Storytelling: Curing the Contemporary Culture Crisis

Posted in Culture, fairy tales, fantasy, folklore, folkloric motifs, language, mythology, Storytelling, symbolism, and Truth

Telling Tales and the Written Word The oral tradition of storytelling is distinct from the written or literary tradition. Telling stories out loud from memory predates literature, but literature has never superseded its more ancient forebear. Both are contemporary forms of storytelling and the boundaries between them are…

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On Desiring Dragons: Why Read Fantasy Literature?

Posted in Culture, fairy tales, fantasy, Fiction, folklore, genre fiction, Literature, mythology, novels, and Storytelling

A Fantastic Question Family members, friends, and colleagues have all asked me why I read fantasy. I’ve given different answers in different contexts at different times to the persistent question, “Why read fantasy literature?” This post is a distillation of my current defense of fantasy. But let me…

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The Life and Work of Hans Christian Andersen: Lessons for Writers

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Hans Andersen: Poet, Novelist, Storyteller A recent writing commission for a private client involved researching the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen, author of the world famous fairy tales. I was delighted to be paid to revisit his stories and learn a little more of his biography.…

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Child Abandonment Stories in Folklore and Fairy Tales

Posted in abandonment, anthropology, childhood, fairy tales, folklore, folkloric motifs, mythology, and the armless maiden

The Contemporary Relevance of Folkloric Traditions I’d like to write about child abandonment stories. It’s something that’s been on my mind recently. Partly for personal reasons I won’t go into here, and partly reflecting on the fate of thousands of solitary refugee children who find themselves separated from…

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