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Gordon, Neta. A Tour of Fabletown: Patterns and plots in bill willingham’s fables. Jefferson: McFarland, 2016. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-9985-4
BibTeX citation key: Gordon2016b
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Fables", Adaptation, Fairy tale, Metaisierung, Seriality, USA, Willingham. Bill
Creators: Gordon
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson)
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In 2002, Vertigo/DC Comics published the first issue of Bill Willingham’s Fables. The series imagined the lives of fairy tale figures—Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella and the ubiquitous Prince Charming, among many others—as they made new lives for themselves in modern-day New York City, having fled their storied homeworlds following an invasion. After 150 issues and many awards, Fables concluded its run in July 2015.
This study, the first about the sprawling, complex series, discusses such topics as Fables’ status as a contemporary adaptation of folk and fairy tales; its use of conventional genres like sword-and-sorcery, crime and romance; its portrayal of social and political relationships; and its self-referential moments. Providing a detailed introduction to the themes and ideas in the series, the author explores how Fables portrays redemption, the function of community, and how our hopes and fears influence our ideal of “happily ever after.”

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (vi)
Preface (1)

Introduction: In Praise of Muddlecock: The Thematization of Reading in Fables (7)

1. Plots: Adaptation, Genre and Allegory (19)
Fairy Tales and Adaptation (19)
Plot Collisions and the Control of Narrative (28)
Quests (38)
Prince Charming versus Prince Brandish: An Allegorical Reading (47)

2. The Social World (58)
Posthuman Interrogations (58)
Fathers and Sons (68)
Snow White’s Complex Femininity (77)
The Shaming of Rose Red (86)

3. Politics: History, Power and Leadership (96)
Bigby as America (96)
Styles of Leadership: Geppetto, Flycatcher and Rose Red (106)
Fables and Fantasy: Geography, History, Economy (115)
Race: East versus West, Pure versus Mongrel (124)

4. Magic, Metaphysics and Metafiction (133)
Magic and Power in the Age of Anxiety (133)
Magic versus Technology, Religion and Language (142)
Fate, Fortune, and Freedom (151)
Metafiction and Absorption (the Rise of Ambrose Wolf) (159)

5. Spin-Offs (170)
Peter & Max (170)
Jack of Fables (172)
Cinderella Graphic Novels (174)
Fairest (176)
The Unwritten Crossover (179)
The Wolf Among Us (180)

Works Cited (185)
Index (193)

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