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Fairy Tales with a Black Consciousness: Essays on Adaptations of Familiar Stories

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Fairy Tales with a Black Consciousness: Essays on Adaptations of Familiar Stories

Fairy Tales with a Black Consciousness: Essays on Adaptations of Familiar Stories by Vivian Yenika-Agbaw
English | 30 Jun. 2013 | ISBN: 0786471298 | 244 Pages | AZW3 | 736 KB

The all new essays in this book discuss Black cultural retellings of traditional, European fairy tales. The representation of Black protagonists in such tales helps to shape children's ideas about themselves and the world beyond their limited experiences. Allowing them to see themselves in traditional tales strengthens connections with the world and can ignite a will to read books representing diverse ethnic and cultural characters. Also discussed is the need for a multicultural text set which includes the multiplicity of cultures within the Black Diaspora.

The tales referenced in the text are rich and diverse in perspective, illuminating stories such as Aesop's fables, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Ananse. Readers will see that stories from Black perspectives adhere to the dictates of traditional literary conventions while steeped in literary traditions that can be traced back to Africa or the diaspora.