Vanessa Joosen is a researcher and lecturer in children's literature at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She has contributed to Marvels and Tales, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales, and The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature.
Vanessa Joosen's Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy
Tales is an essential addition to any fairy-tale scholar's
library and is, moreover, a fascinating read. This is a text to
savor, a text to open up new worlds and new ways of thinking.--
In Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales, Joosen's fondness for fairy tales and her appreciation of their place in postmodern literature combine with a rigorous scholarly examination of the ways in which fairy-tale retellings are influenced by literary criticism. . . It takes great skill and discipline to control so complex an argument without digressing, but Joosen clearly has what it takes to move through her material in a coherent, well-paced manner.--Kirsten Mollegaard "South Atlantic Modern Language Association "
Critical & Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales contributes substantially to the vibrant field of fairy tale scholarship because of its notable premise and approach, explicating classic fairy tale retellings intertextually with three influential critical works. . . . The engaging voice and astute interpretations provide excellent models for students and scholars to examine and try to replicate. With Critical & Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales, Wayne State University Press again confirms its place as a productive and crucial source of fairy tale scholarship.-- (09/11/2013)
Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales is a perfect marriage of criticism and metacriticism-an approach that challenges conventional thinking. Joosen does not simply follow the best traditions of fairy-tale studies, she brings them to a new level of sophistication that stretches far beyond the domain of fairy tales as such and into the intricacies of literary and cultural theory. Beautifully written, captivating, and truly enjoyable for scholars and fairy-tale lovers equally, this book will be referred to for many years to come."--Maria Nikolajeva "professor of education at the University of Cambridge and author of Power, Voice and Subjectivity in Literature for Young Readers "