We are the stories we tell. Folk and fairy tales are reflections of the cultures that pass them down. Contemporary literary traditions, such as the Southern Gothic and tales of magical realism, also provide unique ways of responding to concerns within our society. This thesis attempts to merge these literary traditions to create a collection of Southern folk and fairy tales. These stories vary in style from very traditional fairy tales to more modern styles of magical realism and lyrical poetry. This collection was crafted after studying an extensive reading list of novels and short story collections written by masters of the aforementioned genres. Using the setting of the South through the lens of Fabulism, themes of generational trauma, uncontrolled instincts, and hypocrisy are explored.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Phillips, James E. III, "Hymnal of Teeth: Southern Stories of Folk and Fey" (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1266.