Petrova N.V. Modifications of Original Texts of Fairy Tales


Natalya V. Petrova

Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, Irkutsk State University

Karla Marksa St., 1, 664003 Irkutsk, Russian Federation

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Abstract. The task of the article is to consider the types of modifications of the original texts of fairy tales leading to the creation of secondary texts. Secondary texts are referred to the intertextuality of the paradigmatic type based on the mechanisms of approximation and modification. Approximation makes the original and the secondary texts recognizable. Modification seeks to change the form and/ or content of the original text. It is associated with creativity, with the introduction of a new meaning in the secondary text of the fairy tale. It is proved that the modifications of two types – travestying and non-travestying – are created on the basis of the original texts of fairy tales. At the present time, we can observe the tendency of refusing the satirical parody in favour of the purely humorous form. It is obvious from the analysis of fairy tales modifications of the travestying type, the humorous effect of which is created as a result of changes in the content of the original text. Modifications of the non-travestying type are aimed at changing the form of the original text of the fairy tale and preserving its content. They do not create a humorous effect and are characterized by pronounced approximation. Common modifications of the non-travestying type are the presentation of prosaic texts of fairy tales in verse form.

Key words: fairy tale, original text, secondary text, modification of travestying type, modification of nontravestying type.

Citation. Petrova N.V. Modifications of Original Texts of Fairy Tales. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 2, Yazykoznanie [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. Linguistics], 2017, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 207-213. (in Russian). DOI:

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