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What is Urban Fantasy? Monsters, Transgression, and Kicking Ass

Posted in book covers, Culture, fairy tales, fantasy, feminism, Fiction, folkloric motifs, genre fiction, Literature, mythology, Paranormal Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy

It All Started in the 1980s What is Urban Fantasy? While fantastical stories set in urban environments appear in 19th century literature (think of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula in London or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) and even as far back as antiquity (consider the adventures recounted in Apuleius’s Golden Ass),…

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The Medusa Myth and Its Meaning: the Real Story of Medusa

Posted in anthropology, Culture, feminism, folklore, folkloric motifs, medusa, mythology, symbolism, and Truth

Medusa, Monstrosity, and the Patriarchy The real story of Medusa may not be what you think it is. I remember reading the story of Medusa, or at least one version of it, in my father’s edition of Bullfinch’s Mythology when I was a child. I glanced over the story again when…

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What do Myths Mean? 7 Ways to Understand Myths & Mythology

Posted in anthropology, folklore, mythology, and Truth

Complimentary and Contradictory Ideas about Myth As someone who reads and thinks about these things a good deal, I’m aware of several approaches to understanding myths and mythology. But is there a universal answer to the question, “What do myths mean?” Sometimes these various ways of understanding and interpreting…

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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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