The article stresses a continuity between the construction of female identity in a selection of Victorian fairy tales (by Nesbit, Sharp, De Morgan) and contemporary fairy tales which subvert stereotypical female roles by dispensing with marriage-dominated plots and presenting alternative options for princesses' self-definition as females. It is a contribution to current debates on the representation of gender in children's literature and the ambivalence in society towards accepted and "safe" female cultural identities and new empowering female roles.

Princesses and Dragons. The Refashioning of Female Identity as a Rescuer in Victorian and Contemporary Fairy Tales

TOSI, Laura
2005

Abstract

The article stresses a continuity between the construction of female identity in a selection of Victorian fairy tales (by Nesbit, Sharp, De Morgan) and contemporary fairy tales which subvert stereotypical female roles by dispensing with marriage-dominated plots and presenting alternative options for princesses' self-definition as females. It is a contribution to current debates on the representation of gender in children's literature and the ambivalence in society towards accepted and "safe" female cultural identities and new empowering female roles.
Children's Fantasy Fiction: Debates for the Twenty-First Century
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