Some Day Your Witch Will Come (Fairy-Tale Studies) (Paperback)
Wayne State University Press, 9780814332863, 342pp.
Publication Date: June 10, 2008
In this enjoyable volume, Kay Stone has selected writings from her scholarly articles and books spanning 1975-2004 that contain reflections on the value of fairy tales as adult literature. The title Some Day Your Witch Will Come twists a Walt Disney lyric to challenge the typical fairy-tale framework and is a nod to Stone's innovative and sometimes unconventional perspective. As a whole, this collection is a fascinating look at both the evolution of a career and the recent history of fairy-tale scholarship.
The volume is organized in three chronological sections, beginning with Stone's influential early work on women in fairy tales. The second section explores her developing interest in traditional tales told by contemporary tellers, and the final section focuses on Stone's more recent comparisons of dreams and folktales as artistic expressions. In addition to challenging the genres of folktales and storytelling, a distinctive feature of this work is the wealth of material from interviews, which bring readers' responses into conversation with the scholar's work. A preface by the author, a foreword by series editor Donald Haase, and brief introductions to each piece are also included.
Some Day Your Witch Will Come is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Stone's writings. As such, it will be informative and entertaining for both general readers and scholars in a variety of fields, including folklore and fairy-tale studies, women's studies, psychology, cultural studies, and literature.