The Shell in the Woods: Questioning the “Unnatural” through Uncanny Fairy Tales’ Mirrors, Wonder, and Hybridity
In this article I discuss the “unnatural” as depicted in experimental Victorian and post-modern fairy tales, and I argue for thinking about cognitive narratology, fairy-tale studies, and a re-elaborated uncanny together. The article showcases how specific Victorian and postmodern fairy tales focus on reshaping fairy-tale tropes in surprising and defamiliarizing ways. I focus on how the complex figure of the mirror, the feeling of wonder and the wondrous features of fairy tales, and the idea of hybridity as a manifestation of complexity and heterogeneity, all contribute to the uncanny in literary fairy tales by Lewis Carroll and Italo Calvino.
Arnavas, Francesca. "The Shell in the Woods: Questioning the “Unnatural” through Uncanny Fairy Tales’ Mirrors, Wonder, and Hybridity." Marvels & Tales 36.2 (2023). Web. <https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol36/iss2/4>.