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The Fairy Tale Syndrome: Gender and Cultural Identity in Old Fables

The ancient fables encapsulated and codified gender archetypes arising as oral legends from the mists of time, yet much is missing in that narrative and not all of the aspects of the timeless tales serve us well in contemporary society.


History in Fiction, for Young and Old

In the thick of the Cold War in 1960’s America, young Juliet Klostermeyer’s mother finally agrees to sit down with her daughter to watch Mr. Ed on TV. It’s a big moment for Juliet, the eleven-year-old protagonist of Ellen Wittlinger’s This Means War. Lately, her mother has been too stressed managing the family’s failing store to spend much time with her daughter.