Compare and contrast how Fairytales for Wilde Girls and The Book of Lost Things use the ‘fairy tale’ to explore childhood and ‘growing up’.

‘Wilde Girls” by Allyse Near and “The book of lost things” by John Connolly)

Question 1: Maturation and ‘growing up’ are common themes in much children’s literature from fairy tales to young adult fiction. Compare and contrast how Fairytales for Wilde Girls and The Book of Lost Things use the ‘fairy tale’ to explore childhood and ‘growing up’. In your answer consider how key concepts, such as ‘the child’, childhood’, ‘adolescence’, ‘adulthood’ and ‘growing up’ are constructed by the novels.
– Support your argument by close textual analysis, making use of the set scholarly readings and course concepts (e.g. gender, intertextuality, fairy tale) we have studied this semester. Use quotations from the two novels to support your arguments. Note you must give equal weighting to both novels in your essay.
Question 2. John Stephens (in Rudd 2010: 195) states that meaning is not ‘contained’ within a text but ‘emerges from the relationships between a text and other texts’. Using the quote from Stephens and paying particular attention to the fairy tale as pre-text, discuss how the meaning of The Book of Lost Things and Fairytales for Wilde Girls emerges from each novel’s relationships with its intertexts/pre-texts.
Support your argument by close textual analysis, making use of the set scholarly readings and course concepts (e.g. gender, intertextuality, fairy tale) we have studied this semester. Use quotations from the two novels to support your arguments. Note you must give equal weighting to both novels in your essay.

3. Discuss how The Book of Lost Things and Fairy Tales for Wilde Girls challenge the conventions and limitations of the fairy tale. How successful are they in adapting the fairy tale for contemporary readers?
Support your argument by close textual analysis, making use of the set scholarly readings and course concepts (e.g. gender, intertextuality, fairy tale) we have studied this semester. Use quotations from the two novels to support your arguments. Note you must give equal weighting to both novels in your essay.

4. Fairy tales and folktales are grounded in the everyday desires and fears of ordinary people. Discuss how The Book of Lost Thing and Fairy Tales for Wilde Girls appropriate the fairy tale to address contemporary fears and desires, particularly of childhood and adolescence.
Support your argument by close textual analysis, making use of the set scholarly readings and course concepts (e.g. gender, intertextuality, fairy tale) we have studied this semester. Use quotations from the two novels to support your arguments. Note you must give equal weighting to both novels in your essay.
5. ‘Stories inform in the sense of providing information, but more significantly, stories give form—temporal and spatial orientation, coherence, meaning, intention, and especially boundaries—to lives that inherently lack form. How stories inform lives can be a gift or a danger … Stories make life good, but they also make life dangerous. They bring people together, and they keep them apart.’ (Frank 2010, Kindle Locations 80-86) Use Frank’s quote to discuss the role of stories and storytelling in The Book of Lost Things and Fairy Tales for Wilde Girls.
Support your argument by close textual analysis, making use of the set scholarly readings and course concepts (e.g. gender, intertextuality, fairy tale) we have studied this semester. Use quotations from the two novels to support your arguments. Note you must give equal weighting to both novels in your essay.

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