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Rewriting the Fairytale: Princesses and Female Agency

Orie, Jennifer (2017) Rewriting the Fairytale: Princesses and Female Agency. In: ASRA2017. (Unpublished)

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This research project, funded through the University of Pittsburgh’s Archival Scholars’ Research Award, traces how fairytales operate to define both the image and role of a princess. By creating a lens that views The Selection by Kiera Cass and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins as modern fairytale stories, this project aims to connect the traditional fairytales Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast to modern dystopian fantasy in order to return female agency and realize the function of a princess has shifted from objective passivity to active self-determination. Furthermore, in establishing an additional link to the Wonder Woman comic, the definition of the princess becomes one that embodies the classification of heroism. By working closely with the primary resources available in the Special Collections Department at Hillman Library, chiefly in the Elizabeth Nesbitt and Comic collections, this research will interweave genres in a way that recognizes the plotline of a fairytale story but modifies it in order to return autonomy to female characters and invites the opportunity for advancing the definition of female heroism.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Orie, Jenniferjmo52@pitt.eduJMO52
Date: 17 April 2017
Date Type: Publication
Event Title: ASRA2017
Event Type: Conference
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 26 May 2017 15:34
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:55


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