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MFA: Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating

Directing Professor

Professor Ruth Sanderson/ Dr. Elizabeth O. Dulemba



Fairy tales are typically recognizable because they are predictable and familiar and tie the reader to recognizable concepts, characters, and storylines. Contemporary writers capitalize on this familiarity by incorporating change, a twist, in new or fractured fairy tales. For this thesis, established fairy tale themes have been employed as the basis for three new books for children with reimagined archetypes or characters. Each character has been changed just enough to surprise the reader familiar with the traditional tales and to reflect the difficult topics, diverse characters, and modern values in modern society. These fractured tales have evolved to address current issues and challenges, and to align with modern social values, while appealing to today’s readers. During the creation of the stories written for this thesis, two conflicting principles were considered: first, predictability is essential for the development of a social construct; second, the social construct is, and always will be, changing. The writer's challenge in creating new tales is maintaining predictability while incorporating changes in modern social constructs and sensibilities.

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