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Cristina Bacchilega

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Cristina Bacchilega’s most recent book Fairy Tales Transformed? 21st-Century Adaptations and the Politics of Wonder came out in the Fall of 2013 with Wayne State University Press.
Her Legendary Hawai‘i and the Politics of Place: Tradition, Translation, and Tourism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007) was also issued in paperback in 2013.

The author of Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies (1997) and the co-editor of Angela Carter and the Fairy Tale, Bacchilega has published essays on Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Italo Calvino, Robert Coover, Nalo Hopkinson, Maxine Hong Kingston, Dacia Maraini, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, and fairy tales in Hawai`i. With historian Noelani Arista and Sahoa Fukushima, she has studied nineteenth-century translations of The Arabian Nights into Hawaiian. With Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada and Donatella Izzo, Bacchilega co-edited “Sustaining Hawaiian Sovereignty,” a special issue of Anglistica, an online journal of international interdisciplinary studies (2011),

Also available at Folktales and Fairy Tales: Translation, Colonialism, and Cinema co-edited by ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui, Noenoe Silva, Vilsoni Hereniko, and Cristina Bacchilega (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library, 2010).

As of June 2013, Bacchilega is the co-editor with Anne E. Duggan of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies; Dr. Jennifer Orme is the new review editor of the journal.

Since 2009, Cristina Bacchilega serves as an editorial board member of the journal Foklore (UK); and more recently she has joined the editorial board of Gramarye (journal of the Sussex Centre for Folktales, Fairy Tales and Fantasy), Estudis de Literatura Oral Popular/Studies in Folk Oral Literature (a multilingual electronic journal published in Catalonia, Spain), and  the new journal Narrative Culture. Bacchilega has long been involved in the International Society for Folk Narrative Research; after serving as Vice-President for North America of the ISFNR during the 2005-2013 period, she is currently a member of the Board and the Chair of the Membership Committee.

She continues to write about contemporary fairy-tale fiction and to research historical and current practices of adaptation and translation that impact the circulation and interpretation of traditional narratives. She also continues to try to learn ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i in spite of her poor memory for vocabulary.

Her second term as Department Chair expired in July 2007; she served as Acting Graduate Program Director in Spring 2013 and is doing so in Fall 2014 as well.


Here is a selected list of forthcoming and recent essays:   

“Fairy-Tale Adaptations and Economies of Desire: Querying ‘Snow White and Rose Red’ Intertextually.” The Cambridge Companion to the Fairy Tale.Ed.Maria Tatar. Cambridge University Press, 2015. 15789.

“The Fairy Tale and the Commercial in Carosello and Fractured Fairy Tales.” Co-authored with John Rieder. Channelling Wonder: Fairy Tales on TV. Eds. Pauline Greenhill and Jill Rudy. Wayne State University Press, 2014. 336-59.

“Fairy Tales and the Ideology of Gender.” Marvelous Transformations: An Anthology of Fairy Tales and Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Eds. Jennifer Schacker and Christine Jones. Broadview Press, 2012.  509-514.

“Whetting Her Appetite: What’s a “Clever” Woman To Do in the Grimms’ Collection?”  Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms. Eds. Kay Turner and Pauline Greenhill. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2012. 27-47.

“Folklore and Literature.” A Companion to Folklore Studies. Eds. Regina Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem. London: Blackwell-Wiley Publishers, 2012. 447-463.



Areas of Interest

Fairy-tale studies, folklore and literature, gender and fairy tales, translation studies, narratology, feminist theory and literature, folkloristics and colonialism, Hawaiian mo‘olelo in translation


Chicago Folklore Prize, 2008
Guggenheim Fellow, 2001
Board of Regents' Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1991
College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature Excellence in Teaching Award, 1988


BA, University of Rome (Italy)
MA, PhD, State University of New York at Binghamton


Spring Semester 2015

Course Title Time  
ENG 380(1) Folklore & Oral Tradition TR 12:00-1:15 Edit

Fall Semester 2014

Course Title Time  
ENG 625E(1) Theories in Cultural Studies (CSAP) W 6:30-9:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2014

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Fall Semester 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 271(9) The Fairy Tale MWF 11:30-12:20 Edit
ENG 780F(1) Flklre & Lit: Qstns of Transl. & Adaptn. (LSE/CSAP/pre-1900) W 6:30-9:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 380(1) Folklore & Oral Tradition TR 9:00-10:15 Edit

Fall Semester 2012

Course Title Time  
ENG 383(1) Children's Lit (60) TTH 10:30-11:45 Edit
ENG 625E(1) Theories in Cultural Studies (CSAP) W 6:30-9:00 Edit

Fall Semester 2011

Course Title Time  
ENG 271(7) Genre (Fairy Tales & Their Adaptations) TTH 10:30-11:45 Edit
ENG 491(1) Sr Hons Tutorial (21C Fairy Tale) T 1:30-4:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2011

Course Title Time  
ENG 271(1) The Fairy Tale MWF 9:30-10:20 Edit
ENG 271(2) The Fairy Tale MWF 10:30-11:20 Edit

Fall Semester 2010

Course Title Time  
ENG 100(33) Composition I TTH 9:00-10:15 Edit
ENG 780F(1) Seminar in Comparative Literature: Translation and Adaptations W 6:30-9:00 Edit