[DWJ] Mermaids^Wmer-people (was HP)

Judith Ridge Judith.Ridge at det.nsw.edu.au
Tue May 15 20:27:45 EDT 2007




On 16/5/07 4:07 AM, "deborah.dwj at suberic.net" <deborah.dwj at suberic.net>
wrote:

> On Tue, 15 May 2007, Farah Mendlesohn wrote:
>> You know, apart from the fun to be had subverting them, I cannot for the
>> life of me  think why children need to learn stereotypes. They are after all
>> not innate to children, they are something adults impose.
> 
> I have an aborted project on this about fractured fairy tales and
> feminist retellings.  My thought process goes something like:
> 
> - fairy tales are full of terrible gender stereotypes
> 
> - feminist retellings, from Donna Jo Napoli to Judith Viorst, are
>    hugely powerful in reshaping thought
> 
> - without exposure to the problematic originals, where is the joy
>    and empowerment in the retellings?
> 
> It's like modern readers' problems with Northanger Abbey; absent
> the Gothic pulp tradtion being mocked, can the book be really
> appreciated?
> 
> (I don't have an answer to this.  Just questions.)
> 



Want to write my thesis for me, Deborah?!

*sigh*

Judith, with deadline looming like the great maw of hell...
 

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