The Modern Myth (thesis)
Altogether, the five pieces I created for this project reflect a yearlong journey into fairy tale and folklore. I have met witches and anthropomorphized bears on this journey, and discussed life and men with princesses and ladies of note. This project has been like taking the outline of old stories and coloring outside the lines. There is a flexibility in these stories that allows such imagining, and an endless number of ways to refresh old tales. This project has put me in conversation with the past, with the writers who took the oral traditions of their youth and recorded them for mine, and it has allowed me to engage in a dialogue I hope I have responded to intelligently. There are no boundaries in fairy tales, no lines that cannot be crossed. Instead, a whole realm exists to be explored. Who is to say I will stop here? [From initial section]
Thesis; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Sarah Elizabeth Williams is a member of the Class of 2014 of Washington and Lee University.