A fairy tale of science: playing with Hayward Alker
Act I We are in the Mystical Realm. Hồ Xuân Hu’o’ng sits on a stone bench under a weeping willow by a bubbling brook. She’s reading a book, Rediscoveries and Reformulations, by Alker (1996). It is open to one chapter in particular, “Fairy Tales, Tragedies, and World Histories: Testable Structuralist Interpretations” (Alker 1996: 267-302). She sighs.