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Title:Revising identification: fairy tales that transform tradition from within
Author(s):Dettmar, Esther Katherine
Director of Research:Mahaffey, Vicki
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Mahaffey, Vicki
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Rodriguez, Richard T.; Hansen, Jim; Johnson, Laurie R.
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):fairy tales
Snow White
Sleeping Beauty
Little Red Riding Hood
Abstract:This dissertation examines contemporary revisions of four classic fairy tales: “Snow White,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Bluebeard,” drawing on José Esteban Muñoz’s concept of “disidentification” to describe the revisionary work they perform. Muñoz provides a model of subversion that illuminates the work done in these revisions, which both relish the pleasure to be found in the fantasy of fairy tales and work to short circuit their anachronistic ideology, to deconstruct and rewrite their heteronormative scripts. The author argues that fairy-tale revisions can transform the genre from within through a careful dance of adherence to and deviation from its formula. Their work is both formal and thematic, a subversion of fairy-tale form and of sexual politics. Because the fairy tale operates largely by encouraging identification (especially in young audiences) with certain roles, producing social conformity, these radical revisions resist social and sexual prescription and in so doing embrace and empower a range of gender and sexual identities.
Issue Date:2016-11-17
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Esther Dettmar
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-03-01
Date Deposited:2016-12

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