Fairy tale elements in the short fiction of Nathaniel Hawthorne

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Clarence Hundley (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Kelley Griffith

Abstract: The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the fairy tale elements in A Wonder-Book. Tanalewood Tales, and selected short stories, and to illustrate how Hawthorne altered and expanded these elements in some of his more famous tales. Chapter One establishes a connection between Hawthorne and the fairy tale, suggesting that Hawthorne was aware of specific fairy tales and fairy tale writers. Chapter Two traces a brief history of the fairy tale, suggesting how fairy tale writers altered the tales. Next, the chapter establishes characteristics of the tale. Finally, the chapter concludes with a definition of the fairy tale as genre. Chapter Three traces fairy tale elements in A Wonder-Book and Tanalewood Tales, stories which Hawthorne wrote for children. Chapter Four illustrates how Hawthorne altered and expanded fairy tale elements in other stories and concludes by showing the consequences of fairy tale elements in some of his more famous tales, such as, "The Snow-Image: A Childish Miracle," "Young Goodman Brown," "Rappaccini's Daughter," and "The Birth-Mark." The Conclusion summarizes the major changes that Hawthorne made in his use of fairy tale elements.

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Language: English
Date: 1994
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, $d 1804-1864 $x Criticism and interpretation
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, $d 1804-1864. $t Short stories. $k Selections
Fairy tales in literature

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