Michael Doolan

Between Wishes and Fears

PhD candidate

  • Michael Doolan

The research shows the fairy tale has evolved overtime from a rich oral tradition disseminated by storytellers who would adapt their tales in order to reflect the social and cultural values of their audience. The thesis demonstrates this unique tradition of renewal by investigating the literary development of the fairy tale and exploring the breadth of its enduring incidence in contemporary culture. However, the major area of investigation within this research builds on these findings by questioning the fairy tale’s continued relevance on both an individual and social level and examines its viability as a site for artistic interrogation.

The major focus of this studio research is to demonstrate the conceptualisation and development of a three dimensional narrative type by relocating the fairy tale within three dimensional visual culture, whilst exploring its significance and capacity for renewal outside its established modes of expression.