Having retired from her position as Professor and Graduate Director in summer 2020, Cristina Bacchilega continues to be coeditor with Anne E. Duggan of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies
and to be an active scholar and researcher.
Bacchilega's research and teaching
focus on fairy tales and their adaptations, the translation and adaptation of traditional narratives in colonial and decolonial projects, gender and fairy tales, mo‘olelo in translation, and the realities of the fantastic. In Fall 2015, Bacchilega co-organized the symposium, “Creating Futures Rooted in Wonder: Bridges between Indigenous, Science Fiction, and Fairy Tale Studies,” at UHM. In Spring 2016, she was a Fulbright Fellow teaching at the Universita' L'Orientale in Naples, Italy and conducting research on the 2015 film The Tale of Tales
. In summer 2017, she was the co-organizer of an international conference at Wayne State University, "Thinking with Stories in Times of Conflict." Companion special issues of the Journal of American Folklore
, Narrative Culture,
and Marvels & Tales
that Bacchilega and Duggan coedited drawing on this conference were published in 2019. Bacchilegaʻs most recent publication is the collection Inviting Interruptions: Wonder Tales in the 21st Century
, coedited with Jennifer Orme.
An editorial board member of the journal Foklore
(UK) since 2009, Bacchilega more recently joined the editorial board of Childhood: Literature and Culture
(Dzieciństwo: Literatura i Kultura, University of Warsaw, Poland), Journal of the Fantastic in the
Arts (USA), Gramarye
(journal of the Sussex Centre for Folktales, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, UK), Estudis de Literatura Oral Popular/Studies in Folk Oral Literature (a multilingual electronic journal published in Catalonia, Spain), and Narrative Culture
(USA). Bacchilega has long been involved in the International Society for Folk Narrative Research, and is an elected Fellow of the American Folklore Society. She has been a reviewer of SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications .
Bacchilegaʻs service to the departmen
t has included being Department Chair for two terms (2001-2007); Acting Graduate Program Director in Spring 2013 and Fall 2014; and Graduate Program Director (2015-2020).
She is currently coediting a collection of essays, creative writing and visual artwork with kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui and Joyce Pualani Warren. Bacchilega continues to write about contemporary fairy-tale adaptations; to reflect on the cognitive and social possibilities that approaching fairy tales as wonder tales enables; and to research historical and current practices of adaptation and translation of traditional narratives in relation to gender, social justice, and retraining the imagination. She also continues to try to learn ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i in spite of her poor memory for vocabulary.
PublicationsBooks. Inviting Interruptions: Wonder Tales in the 21st Century
, coedited with Jennifer Orme (Wayne State UP, 2021. https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/inviting-interruptions/
The Penguin Book of Mermaids
, coedited with Marie Alohalani Brown (Penguin, 2019) https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/588498/the-penguin-book-of-mermaids-by-edited-by-cristina-bacchilega-and-marie-alohalani-brown/
Fairy Tales Transformed? 21st-Century Adaptations and the Politics of Wonder
(Wayne State UP, 2013) http://wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/fairy-tales-transformed
Legendary Hawai‘i and the Politics of Place: Tradition, Translation, and Tourism
(U of Pennsylvania P, 2007 and 2013) http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/14314.html
Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies
(U of Pennsylvania P, 1997); and the co-edited Angela Carter and the Fairy Tale.
Bacchilegaʻs work is excerpted
in The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition
(2017). Other recent essays
appear in Re-Orienting the Fairy Tale
(Wayne State UP, 2020), The Fairy Tale World
(Routledge 2019), Teaching Fairy Tales
(Wayne State UP 2019), Routledge Companion to Media and Fairy-Tale Culture
(2018), Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World
(ABC-Clio 2016), Fairy Tale Films Beyond Disney: International Perspectives
(Routledge 2015), and The Cambridge Companion to the Fairy Tale
(2015) as well as in journals such as the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
(2017), Narrative Culture
Bacchilega has written about
Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Italo Calvino, Robert Coover, Nalo Hopkinson, Maxine Hong Kingston, Dacia Maraini, Toni Morrison, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Sofia Samatar, 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 (14.2) of Anglistica
, a journal of international interdisciplinary studies (2010); see anglistica
for the full text.
Also available at http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/15609 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).
Areas of Interest
Fairy-tale studies, folklore and literature, gender and fairy tales, translation and adaptation studies, narrative studies, feminist theory and literature, folkloristics and colonialism, Hawaiian mo‘olelo
Fulbright Teaching/Research Fellowship, 2016; Distinguished Scholarship Award, International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA), 2016; Chicago Folklore Prize, 2007; Guggenheim Fellowship, 2001.
College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature Senior Faculty Excellence in Scholarship & Research Award, UHM, 2017; 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