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Join us for our Annual Holiday Open House and Winter Solstice Ritual & Solstice Song Circle We have a full afternoon of activities panned.... + Drop by for some cookies and good cheer from 2:30-8pm + Listen to some "Transgressive Tales" from 3:30-5:00pm. We'll be celebrating the Austin book launch for Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms with co-editor Kay F. Turner + The Winter Solstice ritual will be lead by folklorist Kay Turner and will begin at approximately 5:30pm + The Winter Solstice Song Circle will start around 6pm and will feature the fabulous songwriters Jenny Reynolds, Elizabeth Wills and Nancy Scott Refreshments & Sweet Treats for all!
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The stories in the Grimm brothers’ Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household Tales), first published in 1812 and 1815, have come to define academic and popular understandings of the fairy tale genre. Yet over a period of forty years, the brothers, especially Wilhelm, revised, edited, sanitized, and bowdlerized the tales, publishing the seventh and final edition in 1857 with many of the sexual implications removed. However, the contributors in Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms demonstrate that the Grimms and other collectors paid less attention to ridding the tales of non-heterosexual implications and that, in fact, the Grimms’ tales are rich with queer possibilities. Editors Kay Turner and Pauline Greenhill introduce the volume with an overview of the tales’ literary and interpretive history, surveying their queerness in terms of not just sex, gender and sexuality, but also issues of marginalization, oddity, and not fitting into society. In three thematic sections, contributors then consider a range of tales and their queer themes. With the variety of unique perspectives in Transgressive Tales, readers will find new appreciation for the lasting power of the fairy-tale genre. Scholars of fairy-tale studies and gender and sexuality studies will enjoy this thought-provoking volume. Contributors: Emilie Anderson-Grégoire, Cristina Bacchilega, Anita Best, Joy Brooke Fairfield, Andrew J. Friedenthal, Kevin Goldstein, Pauline Greenhill, Bettina Hutschek, Jeana Jorgensen, Kimberly J. Lau, Elliot Gordon Mercer, Margaret A. Mills, Jennifer Orme, Catherine Tosenberger, Kay Turner, Margaret R. Yocom. Kay Turner holds a Ph.D. in folklore and anthropology from the University of Texas. Her works spans such subjects as the pop star Madonna, folk images of the Virgin Mary, folk art from recycled materials, lesbian rock bands, lesbain love letters, women's art, and feminism. “These dazzling readings reclaim the fairy tale as emphatically queer.”—Ann Cvetkovich