Event Title

Damsels in Distress no More: Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Modern Conceptions of Girlhood

Presenter Information

Kasey Cheydleur, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A142

Start Date

4-24-2015 2:45 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 3:45 PM

Abstract

Once upon a time there was a beautiful young princess...and the patriarchy took advantage of her. In this study I explore both the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales as well as modern feminist adaptations to see what it is about the Grimm heroines that make their stories worth telling again and again. I also explore feminist retellings aimed at young adults and analyze the different ways audience plays into shaping these classic tales for modern times. What moral can the Grimm women teach us today?

Notes

Session 2, Panel 13 - The Grain of the Voice: Feminist Reconsiderations of Fairy Tales, Birthing Practices, and Semi-popular Music
Moderator: Afia Ofori-Mensa, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research

Major

English

Advisor(s)

Sandra Zagarell, English

Project Mentor(s)

Natasha Tessone, English

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Damsels in Distress no More: Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Modern Conceptions of Girlhood

Science Center, A142

Once upon a time there was a beautiful young princess...and the patriarchy took advantage of her. In this study I explore both the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales as well as modern feminist adaptations to see what it is about the Grimm heroines that make their stories worth telling again and again. I also explore feminist retellings aimed at young adults and analyze the different ways audience plays into shaping these classic tales for modern times. What moral can the Grimm women teach us today?