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The Company of Wolves$
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James Gracey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325314

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325314.001.0001

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Telling Tales

Telling Tales

(p.37) Chapter Two: Telling Tales
The Company of Wolves

James Gracey

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses the fairy tales, folklore, and the art of oral storytelling that are all woven into the very fabric of Neil Jordan's The Company of Wolves. It outlines The Company of Wolves's fragmented narrative structure, which exists within the dreams of a sleeping adolescent girl that is comprised of stories told to her by her Granny. It also talks about how The Company of Wolves plays with the form of the fairy tale and its ideas regarding initiation, redemption, and personal and social progress in order to explore the changes and uncertainties of growing up. This chapter explores Jordan and Carter's process of demythologising culturally constructed notions of gender and identity by retelling the very fairy tales that helped establish such notions. It examines the role played by fairy tales in conditioning communities, and how certain tales were repurposed through literary adaptations to educate and instruct different types of audiences.

Keywords:   The Company of Wolves, Neil Jordan, fairy tales, folklore, oral storytelling, social progress

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