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Category Archives: What’s in a Fairy Tale?

Something Blue

by Cathrin Hagey


I have found myself dwelling on the color blue and the way our planet’s elemental hue, the most symphonic of the colors, recurs throughout our literature as something larger than a mere chromatic phenomenon…1 The color blue is the chimera of the visible light spectrum. It is everywhere and nowhere. The most popular color. Yet […]


Free Spirits

by Cathrin Hagey


If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy, goes the proverb. One might add: if you can’t laugh, you’ve lost your way. But laughter is two-pronged. On the one hand, it’s a joyous outburst; on the other, it can be cruel and exclusive. It’s an emotional expression as complicated as we are. […]


Fish


“When an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate.”                                                                  —Carl Gustav Jung Once upon a time there lived, on […]


Hair

by Cathrin Hagey


My love of fairy tales includes those to which I might, as a feminist, be ashamed to admit—Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Snow White. Simpering damsels? Victims rescued by a prince? I don’t think so. Their wildness, wisdom and strength cannot be denied. It is sometimes called the ‘woman who lives at the end of time,’ […]


Mirror, Mirror

by Cathrin Hagey


Is anything more two-faced than a looking glass? Even the words—mirror in English and miroir in French, espejo in Spanish and spegel in Swedish—have roots hinting at our ambivalence toward an invention that sprang from nature and was perfected in the scientific age. Mirror and miroir are derived from the Latin mirare (to look at), which is a […]


Giants

by Cathrin Hagey


In his TEDSalon NY2013 talk, “The Unheard Story of David and Goliath,” Malcolm Gladwell posits that the long-held belief that the Biblical tale is a “metaphor for improbable victories” is false. Any reader able to place the story in its proper context will see that when the Philistines put forth their champion, the giant Goliath, […]


Spinning

by Cathrin Hagey


“My daughter can spin straw into gold.” The miller’s boast captures a king’s interest and the innocent, ordinary girl must do the impossible—or die. “Rumpelstiltskin,” as told by the Grimms in 1812, is a familiar story whose origins go back hundreds of years. In variants, such as the British “Tom Tit Tot,” the daughter spins […]


Baba Yaga

by Cathrin Hagey


On April 26, 1986 reactor number four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in northern Ukraine exploded, throwing up enough radioactive material to contaminate much of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe. Thousands of people were evacuated from the 30 km Exclusion Zone, abandoning homes, schools, entire villages, and a way of […]


Beast

by Cathrin Hagey


In 2010, I wrote a blog post for my personal website that I called “Teddy Bear Country,” in which I attempted to answer my daughter’s question: “Why are bears like babies?” She meant, why are bears so often portrayed in an infantile fashion, as in modern versions of “The Three Bears,” and the ubiquitous teddy […]


Tiny People

by Cathrin Hagey


“According to Hindu belief, a thumb-sized being known as the innermost self or soul dwells in the heart of all humans and animals.”1 Hans Christian Andersen’s “Thumbelina” is believed to be an original tale, inspired by “Tom Thumb.” The tiny girl is not heroic in the sense that Tom Thumb is; he battles an ogre, and […]