The Endicott Studio Journal of Mythic Arts 
— An online journal for the exploration of myth, folklore, and fairy tales, 
and their use in contemporary arts
 
From "A Mermaid" by John William Waterhouse, 1900
 Editor: Terri Windling
WebWrangler: Anita Roy Dobbs
Book Reviews Editor: Helen Pilinovsky
Art: (above) From "A Mermaid"
by John William Waterhouse, 1900
(below) From Edmund Dulac's illustration for
"The Princess and the Pea"
by Hans Christian Andersen
Illustration by Edmund Dulac for "The Princess and the Pea" by Hans Christian Andersen
Summer 2003 Issue
A Letter from the Editor's Desk
The Reading Room
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The Mermaid
       by Heinz Insu Fenkl
"The mermaid ultimately signifies the fundamental mystery of female sexuality, particularly for men who, because they cannot comprehend it, are simultaneously drawn to it and terrified by it. That is why the mermaid becomes so easily conflated with the siren and her irresistible call that leads men to their doom."

Hans Christian Andersen
       by Terri Windling
"'My tales were just as much for older people as for children,' said Andersen, 'who only understood the outer trappings, and did not comprehend and take in the whole work until they were mature—that naivety was only part of my tales, that humor was really what gave them their flavor.'"

Shakespeare's Folklore
       by Kristen McDermott
"Literally evoking tales told by the hearth, at a mother's knee, Shakespeare forged a link between the folkloric and the historic, between the personal and the political."

Miss Carstairs and the Merman
       A Story by Delia Sherman
"Here, lying on a rock in her father's gold-fish pond, was a species never examined by Mr. Darwin or classified by Linneaus. Here was a biological anomaly, a scientific impossibility. Here, in short, was a mermaid . . ."
The Gallery: Mythic Art
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A Tribute to Adrienne Ségur 
       by Terri Windling
". . . through Ségur's exquisite, rococo paintings, I was introduced to fairy tales in their thrilling pre-Disney (and pre-Victorian) forms—their darker themes toned down slightly for children, but only slightly."
The Coffeehouse: Poetry
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The Mermaid Sets the Story Straight
      by Debra Cash

The Pea Princess  by Colleen Mills

Undine  by Jane Yolen

“Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another. The function of the artist is the mythologization of the environment and the world.”

— Joseph Campbell



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