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Title: Faerie pools and magic shoes : a creative exploration of the Devil in story
Author: Greenall, Lily
ISNI:       0000 0004 8498 4456
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2019
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Faerie Pools and Magic Shoes is a collection of short stories based on my response to research into the figure of the devil in Scottish folklore and literature. Alongside this I look at similar folklore tropes, such as witches and faeries. In the accompanying exegesis, I examine the ways in which these figures adapt within the storytelling tradition, the way in which they overlap in a variety of storytelling techniques and the way they appear and are reworked in modern media forms. In the introduction I discuss the devil's origins as a theological phenomenon and the work of theorists such as Neil Forsyth, who locates mythological analogues of the devil in figure in earlier pagan story cycles. My introduction specifically isolates the idea of the devil, or Adversary figure, as a narrative function, based on the work of Russian formalist Vladimir Propp. Chapter 1 discusses the ways in which the character of Satan infiltrated popular culture and folklore throughout the medieval and early modern periods in Europe and, more specifically, in Scotland through mediums like Morality Plays, folk tales and ballads. In the second chapter I discuss the devil as a fixture of Romanticism in the late eighteenth century and the way that Romanticism, and its interaction with folklore carried over into key works by nineteenth-century Scottish writers such as Walter Scott and James Hogg. In the third chapter I examine the ways in which the figure of the witch in folklore and fairy tales morphs and adapts across stories providing an, often female, analogue to the devil figure. Finally, the fourth chapter discusses the ways I have adapted these figures in my own creative work and how this research has informed my style and approach to short fiction throughout Faerie Pools and Magic Shoes as a collection.
Supervisor: Price, Wayne ; Lumsden, Alison Sponsor: Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.794108  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Scottish literature ; Folklore ; Devil in literature ; Witches in literature ; Fairies in literature
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