Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication Date: October 01, 2017
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In Aurelia, Mavor takes special interest in the fairy tale?s gastronomy,
including Alice?s Wonderland cake marked EAT ME, the sugar of the witch?s
house in ?Hansel and Gretel? and the more disturbing ingestions of cannibalism,
as in the Brothers Grimm?s ?The Juniper Tree?, where a murdered
boy sings through the mouth of a bird: ?My mother she killed me. My
father he ate me.?
Moving beyond this, Mavor discovers the fairy-tale realm in more surprising
places: the tragic candy-land poetry of the 1950s ?genius? child-poet
Minou Drouet; the subterranean world of enchantment in the cave paintings
of Lascaux; the brown fairies of African American poet Langston
Hughes; and Miwa Yanagi?s black-and-white, bloody photograph of the
Grandmother and Little Red Riding Hood holding one another in the cut
open belly of the wolf, as an allegory of the victims of Hiroshima. Through
the lens of the fairy tale Mavor reads the world of literature and art as both
magical and political.