116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

"Into the Woods": Spaces of Danger and Opportunity in Fairy Tales

Session Chair: 
Roswitha Burwick, Scripps College
Session 1: Friday 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Miller Hall 105


  1. April McGinnis, West Virginia University
    Despite their usual function as mere literary backdrop, plants play a conspicuous role in the forest ecology of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Drawing on the notion of entanglement, this essay addresses the ways in which plants, humans, and the invisible world intertwine and reciprocally exert their influence.
  2. Daniel J. Worden, Furman University
    This close reading of Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy’s 1698 fairy tale, “La Biche au bois,” [“The Doe in the Woods”], uncovers the author’s use of allusions to Greco-Roman myth and Christian hagiography in the service of a sophisticated critique of the socio-political constraints placed on early modern aristocratic women. D’Aulnoy’s use of multilayered allusions lures readers into a game of huntress and hunted as they seek allegorical interpretations of this alternately comical and disturbing tale.
  3. Rebecca Beardsall, Western Washington University
    This paper examines the way in which the Romantic discourse of solitude shapes and alters the reading of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood; and how gender, youth and the conflation of sexual desire and psychological development problematize the issues of solitude.
  4. Jade Lum, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    This paper analyzes how the space of the woods is adapted in Patrick McHale’s animated miniseries Over the Garden Wall. I plan to investigate how the show utilizes and portrays the woods as dangerous, but also as a space for those who are misunderstood. The woods also creates a space for confrontation and reflection of the self and difficult issues, including family, responsibility, loss, and death.
Session Cancelled: