Kay E. Vandergrift


Social History of Children's Literature Page

Snow White

Fairy tales

Project Eclipse

Children's Literature Page

Special Interest Page


Snow White Website: An opportunity to explore a large number of resources on traditional fairy tales and specifically "Snow White." This website is designed as a course component and/or an individual tutorial.

Project ECLIPSE: A large website devoted to Mother Goose that explores both images and texts over time. Mother Goose is often ignored in courses in children's literature under the assumption that we all know the rhymes. This website offers far more than expected.


Anderson, Grahma. (2000). Fairy Tale in the Ancient World. New York: Routledge.

Auerbach, Nina and U.C. Knoepflmacher, eds. (1992). Forbidden Journeys: Fairy Tales and Fantasies by Victorian Women Writers. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Bacchilega, Christina. (1997). Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Bernheimer, Kate, ed. (1998). Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: Women Writers Explore their Favorite Fairy Tales. New York: Anchor.

Bettelheim, Bruno. (1976). The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. New York: Knopf.

Briggs, Katherine M. (1967). The Fairies in Tradition and Literature. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Cashdan, Sheldon. (1999). The Witch Must Die: How Fairy Tales Shape our Lives. New York: Basic Books.

Cook, Elizabeth. (1969). The Ordinary and the Fabulous: An Introduction to Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales for Teachers and Storytellers. London: Cambridge University Press.

Harries, Elizabeth. (2001). Twice Upon a Time: Women Writers and the History of the Fairy Tale. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Hollis, Susan Tower and others, eds. (1993). Feminist Theory and the Study of Folklore. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Knoepflmacher, U.C. (1998). Ventures into Childland: Victorians, Fairy Tales, and Femininity. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Leavy, Barbara Fass. (1994). In Search of the Swan Maiden: A Narrative on Folklore and Gender. New York: New York University Press.

Murphy, G. Ronald. (2000). The Owl, the Raven, and the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimm's Magic Fairy Tales. New York: Oxford University Press.

Sellers, Susan. (2001). Myth and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Women's Fiction. New York: Palgrave.

Tatar, Maria. (1992). Off With Their Heads!: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Thompson, Stith. (1946). The Folktale. New York: Dryden.

Walker, Barbara G. (1996). Feminist Fairy Tales. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco.

Warner, Marina. (1994). From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and their Tellers. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.

Wolf, Joah M. The Beanstalk and Beyond: Developing Critical Thinking Skills Through Fairy Tales. Englewood, CO: Teacher Ideas Press.

Yolen, Jane. (2000). Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie, and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood. Little Rock, AK: August House.

Zipes, Jack David. (1997). Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry. New York: Routledge.

Zipes, Jack David. (1999). When Dreams Came True: Classical Fairy Tales and their Tradition. New York: Routledge.

Zipes, Jack David. (2001. Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter. New York: Routledge.

List of Legend, Folk, Fairy Tale Titles

The selected list below is only a sampling of the wide range of stories, tales, and legends. As a reader you may wish to go well beyond this list.

Barchers, Suzanne I., ed.(1990). Wise Women: Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Colum, Padraic. (1918). The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tales of Troy. Illus. by Willy Pogany. New York: Macmillan.

Colum, Padraic. (1920). The Children of Odin. Illus. by Willy Pogany. New York: Macmillan.

Grimm, Jakob Ludwig Karl and Grimm, Wilhelm Karl. (1944). The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales. New York: Pantheon.

Jacobs, Joseph, Editor. (1891). English Fairy Tales. New York: Putnam.

Kingsley, Charles. (1864). The Heroes; Or, Greek Fairy Tales for My Children. 3rd Edition. London: Macmillan and Co.

Lang, Andrew, Editor. (1889). The Blue Fairy Book. London: Longmans. (Compare to new revisions by Brian Alderson.)

MacManus, Seamus. (1926). The Donegal Wonder Book. New York: Stokes.

Opie, Iona and Opie, Peter. (1974). The Classic Fairy Tales. London: Oxford University Press. Walker, Barbara G. (1996). Feminist Fairy Tales. San Francisco, CA: Harper.

Yolen, Jane., ed. (1986). Favorite Folktales from Around the World. New York: Pantheon.

Links on Fairy Tales

To study 16 versions of "Little Red Riding Hood" try the project at the University of Southern Mississippi De Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection.

To study 12 versions of "Cinderella" try the project at the University of Southern Mississippi De Grummond Collection. For additional "Cinderella" stories connect to the University of Calgary collection.

Created September 20, 1995 and is continuously revised
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