The three stories that form the basis of this project may best be termed “new trad.” This is a term that has been used in the fields of poetry and architecture, and has been taken up by some contemporary storytellers to describe new original stories constructed for oral transmission that are new/original works, consciously authored, and not claiming a basis in “folk” or some indigenous oral tradition. They do not reinterpret classic literary or traditional tales, though they may contain structural and stylistic elements of traditional folktales. There may be heroes, crones, dragons, enchantments, events in sets of three, and other familiar tropes. My intention with these stories is to join the ranks of such authors and tale-spinners as Andersen, MacDonald, and Wilde, while reflecting what I have come to recognize as my culture: that of a white, queer, feminist, middle-class, artsy, American millennial. I wish the stories to begin to evince both the world I come from and the world I want to see, while using the distancing and enchanting mechanisms of fairy and folktales.
"Old Boats, New Waters: An Exploration of New Trad Storytelling,"
Storytelling, Self, Society: Vol. 12:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol12/iss2/3