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Fairies, Weather, and Wonder

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Fairies, Weather, and Wonder 

(Lower Grindewald Glacier, Upper Grindewald Glacier)


Grindelwald, Switzerland



"Ice Maiden"

  • Who wrote this fairy tale?
  • Where was it published?
  • When was it published?


"Ice Maiden" is different from any tale we've read so far.

  • How is the plot distinctive?
  • How is the form distinctive?
    • Do you think form and function (plot/message) could be interrelated?
  • What is the significance of weather in this fairy tale?
    • Is weather a significant trope in any other fairy tales we've encountered?
      • Why do you think that is?
    • Where do we see (read) stories about weather and the fantastic?
      • Why?
  • What is the significance of weather?
    • How is weather significant in the region where this story was published?


Finding Secondary Texts:


  • What is the difference between a PRIMARY and a SECONDARY text?
  • Where do you find secondary texts?


Group Ten


English Fairy Lore:


Although several late-Victorian folklorists (and authors) attempted to find a body of distinctly British fairy tales, Great Britain has few fairy tales. There are many reasons for this, including the translation and circulation of Perrault, Beaumont, and the Grimms. Since there was no international copyright law during the Victorian Era, these texts could be translated and sold (at almost no cost but also NO PROFIT to the author). However, Great Britian (and all the isles of the United Kingdom), do have a RICH fairy lore history. 


Today we read two pieces of fairy lore from Blackwell's Edinburgh Magazine by the Ettick Shepherd (James Hogg). As well as a selection from North Country Fairylore and Carole Silver's article.

  • How do we categorize these texts? Primary, secondary, contextual? 


  • Summarize these two narratives.
  • How do fairies BEHAVE in these narratives?
    • How does this reflect upon women?
    • How is the role of women in these narratives different from that of women in other fairy tales we've read?
  • How is fairy lore anchored to the LAND and NATURE?
    • Does this extend to Andersen's "Ice Maiden"?
  • Can we make a theory about women (women's roles...) and fairy lore?
  • How does fairy lore tie a sense of wonder to the natural world?
    • How does it link that wonder with nostalgia? 









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