From Ancient Mesopotamia to Shakespeare to Arnhem Land, humans have been telling tails of mermaids for millennia.
Disney’s new Black mermaid has been called ‘inauthentic’ – but fairy tales have always been repurposed across cultures. And Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid was different from Disney’s.
The latest fairy tale movie from Disney has a dark twist, so it’s right on trend.
There is nothing new about a shoe fetish. Fairy tales have long featured amazing, high-tech footwear: from seven-league boots to glass slippers to red shoes.
The row over Sleeping Beauty is just the latest in a long history of controversy surrounding fairy tales for children.
Children’s literature may be a modern genre, but there is a long history of writing for children with some surprisingly unchanging elements.
The Industrial Revolution choked English cities in smog, filled rivers with waste and spread disease in crowded cities. At the same time, fairy tales about humans destroying nature proliferated.