Fraser, Dr Lucy

Fraser, Dr Lucy

Lecturer in Japanese

University of Queensland
Research interests / activities:

My research looks at fairy tale retellings in Japanese and English. Having published a monograph on new versions of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”, I am now shifting my focus from “imaginary” to “real” animals. Whereas many fairy tale studies focus on the anthropomorphic, symbolic aspect of animal characters, I am interested in how fairy tales can reflect actual animal behaviours and characteristics, as well as the realities of human-animal relationships in particular societies at particular times. I also hope to explore how fantastical and magical representations of animals can–like more “realistic” depictions–encourage human readers to connect more closely with other species.

Outputs: Fraser, Lucy (2018). Dogs, Gods, and Monsters: The Animal–Human Connection in Bakin’s Hakkenden, Folktales and Legends, and Two Contemporary Retellings. Japanese Studies, 38 1: 103-123. Fraser, Lucy. The Pleasures of Metamorphosis: Japanese and English Fairy Tale Transformations of “The Little Mermaid”. Detroit, MI, United States: Wayne State University Press, 2017.
Potential areas for research supervision: (Animals and:) Literary studies; Popular culture; Fairy tale studies; Folklore; Girl studies; Cross-cultural/transcultural studies; Translation studies; Japanese studies
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