This article explores what happens – cognitively speaking – when Readers are confronted with those rewritings of folktales that provide the villain with a roundness which was not present in the source text. The cases here analyzed – Donna Jo Napoli’s novels "The Magic Circle" and "Zel" and the Disney film "Maleficent" – concern one of the staple folktale villains – the witch – once it is reshaped in fractured folktales. The article argues that the newly characterized villains activate the readers’ subjective experience not simply due to a recognition of generic repertoires, but due to the involvement of their broader experiential background. This involvement takes the form of a deep cognitive reorganisation that depends on atributing and enacting consciousness and allows for a more rounded ethical engagement.
Laura Tosi (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Titolo:||The Difficult Rehabilitation of the Fairy-Tale Villain|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Articolo su rivista |