© 2017

War, Myths, and Fairy Tales

  • Sara Buttsworth
  • Maartje Abbenhuis

About this book


This exciting new collection examines the relationships between warfare, myths and fairy tales, and explores the connections and contradictions between the narratives of war and magic that dominate the ways in which people live and have lived, survived, considered and described their world. Presenting original contributions and critical reflections that explore fairy tales, fantasy and wars, be they ‘real’ or imagined, past or present, this book looks at creative works in popular culture, stories of resistance, the history and representation of global and local conflicts, the Holocaust, across multiple media. It offers a timely and important overview of the latest research in the field, including contributions from academics, story-tellers and artists, thereby transcending the traditional boundaries of the disciplines, extending the parameters of war studies beyond the battlefield.


Fairy Tales Fantasy and Wars War Stories Norse Mythology Warfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Sara Buttsworth
    • 1
  • Maartje Abbenhuis
    • 2
  1. 1.School of HumanitiesUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of HumanitiesUniversity of Auckland School of HumanitiesAucklandNew Zealand

About the editors

Sara Buttsworth is a Senior Tutor in the history department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is primarily involved in the Tertiary Foundations Certificate programme, where she teaches an introduction to New Zealand history, and an interdisciplinary course on 'Monsters and Moral Panics'. Dr. Buttsworth's research and interests span popular culture, contemporary representations of fairy tales, and representations of war and gender.

Maartje Abbenhuis is Associate Professor in Modern European History at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is historian of neutrality and internationalism, focusing notably on the period 1815 to 1919.

Bibliographic information


“This volume provides so many valuable and diverse resources about literature, film, and storytelling, particularly that which responds to World War II, that it will be a significant addition to any academic library. Moreover, the volume suggests possibilities for productive dialogue among scholars of children’s literature, film, and literature from around the world.” (Felicia Jean Steele, Mythlore, Vol. 38 (1), 2019)