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The Company of Witches: Disney’s Maleficent and Feminist Rewritings of Fairy Tales
Schuller, D. (2016)
11th Annual Conference of the Association for Adaptation Studies: Adaptations as History; 2016-09-27, St. Anne's College, Oxford University, UK.
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- Schuller, Dorothea
- Disney’s live-action fantasy film Maleficent (2014) is a revisionist take on the animated Disney classic Sleeping Beauty (1959), which is itself an extended adaptation of the Charles Perrault variant of the fairy tale (1679). My paper analyses the film both as a direct response to one particular Disney fairy tale adaptation and as a more general deconstruction of tropes at the centre of the Disney mythology. I argue that in order to negotiate ideas of female monstrosity, Maleficent adopts a palimpsest-like approach similar to the narrative strategies of earlier feminist retellings of canonized fairy tales, commenting on both the history of fairy tales and the history of fairy tale criticism.
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- Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen
- 11th Annual Conference of the Association for Adaptation Studies: Adaptations as History
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- Association for Adaptation Studies
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- St. Anne's College, Oxford University, UK