Freeing Cinderella: Why (Re)tell a Fairytale?
Mentor: Dr. Jamie Kemp
|Why revise a fairytale? The influence of fairytales is inescapable, which is perhaps why they are such a prevalent topic in feminist scholarship, folklore studies and literary studies. I studied and revised three fairytales in order to represent their heroines in an alternative way to classic feminine ideals. Revisions bring new perspectives to stories that conceal political and social ideologies we have been inured with since childhood. By analyzing the historical origins of popular fairytales, we can interrogate the ideals and messages they perpetuate. Fairytales and their revisions can act as mirrors for examining our personal and cultural values.|