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Annette
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(10/24/06 6:57 pm)


Coming Of Age Fairytales
I am a student at Prescott College in Arizona, I am working on a degree specializing in "Rites of Passage" for our youth.I am interested in investigating telling "Coming Of Age" fairytales to youth. Does anyone know of an anthology of these types of tales? I am new to this field so any help will be very much appreciated.
Sincerely
Annette

Rosemary Lake
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(10/26/06 12:51 am)


Re: Coming Of Age Fairytales
I don't know about anthologies, but if you mean something like a young man leaving his parents and setting out to prove himself or do some deed or find a wife, there are a lot of that sort in Russian and Scandanavian collections. Often the youthfulness is emphasized by him being a runty youngest son somewhat abused by his siblings. Or, he is an 'unpromising hero', appearing ugly, mangy -- till he does some deed, at which time he becomes handsome.

Annette
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(10/26/06 8:43 am)


Re: Coming Of Age Fairytales
Thank you Rosemary....I will look into those. It is the transition from youth to adult that I am interested in. I suppose marriage is a symbol of new adulthood in Fairytales?

Annette

princessterribel
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(10/26/06 4:34 pm)


Re: Coming Of Age Fairytales
I suppose you could go as far as saying that a huge majority of tales are about youth growing up and 'living happily ever after'. As later tales were designed to eduate children (I speak of the Grimm brothers) they usually end in some kind of fulfillment for the hero/heroine which enables them to move on in their life. These days we hear little of our hero/heroine's lives after marriage. They suffer trials and tribulations thoughout their youth, meet and marry, the end. The happy prince is a good example of a tale where the hero has been bad but has learnt the error of his ways and is able to move on.
These are late night ramblings I am afraid, I hope you can see my point though that each tale deals with this to some extent often after the protagonist has been tested in some way and often a marriage provides a good ending as it has shown that the protagonist has moveed from child to adult.

In many versions of Cinderella the mother is an intervening force in helping her daughter to find the prince thereby providing her with the best chance of a future and the marriage is the point at which she passes out of her parents hands as a child and moves into her husbands as a woman.

Edited by: princessterribel at: 10/26/06 4:38 pm
Annette
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(10/26/06 9:54 pm)


Re: Coming Of Age Fairytales
Thank you, I can see how many fairytales deal with growing up to/in to the next phase of life. I guess the good news is there will be plenty to choose from! For young men the hero's journey fits, do you know any specific to young women...I've heard Red Riding Hood can be seen as the onset of menses...are there others?

cerrisward
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(11/9/06 2:55 pm)


Coming of Age
Try Emma's Donoghue's "Kissing the Witch," as well...wonderful series of interconnected stories that you can read one at a time (but which you'll probably want to read all the way straight through!)

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