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Hags, frogs, diamonds, and fairies: A history of female representation in fairy tales
Alauna Brown (author)Jacqueline Holler (thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia College of Arts, Social, and Health Sciences (Degree granting institution)Dana Wessell Lightfoot (committee member)Virginia Lettinga (committee member)Kristen Guest (committee member)
Master of Arts (MA)
1 online resource (133 pages)
This project examines how representations of the main female characters from a select group of fairy tales from the seventeenth century change over time. The tales studied are significant stories classified as tales of Magical Reward and Punishment for Good and Bad Girls. Instead of a single snapshot of a fairy tale re-imagined, my project captures an evolution of female representation by historically analyzing the fairy tales and reproducing the changes witnessed across the tales in the form of three original paintings. The artwork produced in my study creates new forms of knowledge that explore the validity and complexity of the fairy tale genre, reveal the underestimated power of gender representation, and challenge the audience to think critically about fairy tales not just as stories for children, but as important historical sources.
Women in literatureFairy tales