Fairy-Tale TV

1st Edition

Jill Terry Rudy, Pauline Greenhill

Routledge
July 3, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 20 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367345051 - CAT# 316646
Series: Routledge Television Guidebooks

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Summary

This concise and accessible critical introduction examines the world of popular fairy-tale television, tracing how fairy tales and their social and cultural implications manifest within series, television events, anthologies, episodes, and as freestanding motifs.

Providing a model of televisual analysis, Rudy and Greenhill emphasize that fairy-tale longevity in general, and particularly on TV, results from malleability – morphing from extremely complex narratives to the simple quotation of a name (like Cinderella) or phrase (like "happily ever after") – as well as its perennial value as a form that is good to think with. The global reach and popularity of fairy tales is reflected in the book’s selection of diverse examples from genres such as political, lifestyle, reality, and science fiction TV.

With a select mediagraphy, discussion questions, and detailed bibliography for further study, this book is an ideal guide for students and scholars of television studies, popular culture, and media studies, as well as dedicated fairy-tale fans.

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