When I Was a Wolf, Terayama, Shūji (author)
First published in 1982, this delightful collection of essays and rewrites reinterprets, from a nonconformist perspective, such well-known and canonical Western stories as Grimm's Fairy Tales, Mother Goose stories, and Aesop's fables.
In the tradition of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, the author "breaks open classic fairy tales to find new things in them." Both Carter and Terayama give the tales a radical twist laced with dark taboo-violating undertones. Terayama gives us a subversive analysis of such stories as The Emperor's New Clothes, The Bremen Town Musicians, Pinocchio, and Puss in Boots, then offers his own rewrites of Thumbelina, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella. He turns our stories on their heads, throwing us off balance and forging paths into a new territory of unorthodox interpretation: the conventional interpretations of stories we have treasured since childhood are ill-conceived and thoughtless! -- book back cover
Fairy tales, Essays
Children's and Young Adult Literature | Fiction | Japanese Studies
East Asian Studies
Armstrong, Elizabeth, "When I Was a Wolf, Terayama, Shūji (author)" (2018). Faculty Books. 29.