Sexing The Cherry, written in 1989, is a novel by Jeanette Winterson that traces the journey of a mother, the Dog Woman and her adopted son, Jordan. Set in 17th century London, Sexing The Cherry is a postmodernist text that challenges the conventional historiography, heteronormativity and realist narratives. The boundaries between reality and fiction are blurred by the narration. Time and history are challenged as fragmented, subjective and artificially constructed. In the novel,gender transgresses from the social binaries and challenges the constructed reality of gender.
Set in England in the 17th century, a time of great political upheaval in the country’s history, the novella Sexing the Cherry explores elements of the fantastic and incorporates historical aspects of this era into its fictional plot. Some central themes that the novel revolves around include that of time, the exploration of gender identity and sexuality, and love. The novel makes use of elements of the fantastic to reinforce its themes. Several key elements used include magical realism, time travel and fairy tales. The book is written from the perspectives of each of the two main characters Dog-Woman, an enormous woman, and her adopted son, Jordan.
Little Red Riding Hood is one of the most famous tales written by Angela Carter in her book The Bloody Chamber. As said before, Angela Carter provides us with a new writing from a post-modern point of view. It is a text associated to Jaques Derrida’s concept of deconstruction: in this specific case, the author’s aim is the deconstruction of the (opposed) socially accepted gender roles, the demolition of the feminine prototypical models imposed by the binary thinking proceeding from modernity. If we wanted to analyse the version of this feminist author properly, we would have to consider the different versions of the story that have appeared over the years. We have three versions; the first one from an unknown original and oral tradition, the second one by Charles Perrault, who was the first to lay the foundations for this story when he included it in his Les Contes de ma Mère l 'Oye (Mother Goose Tales), a literary collection of fairy tales from 1697.
Mirror Mirror defies the patriarchal—and frankly a little sexist—way of story-telling we have become accustomed to, showing the audience that women are capable of being the hero in their own story. Snow White’s character is drastically different from the house-cleaning, apple-eating damsel in distress we are used to. Instead, she is a bandit—a fierce woman who is not afraid to fight her own battles and save the prince along the way. Snow White herself encapsulates the essence of this change in the following lines from the movie: “I read so many stories where the prince saves the princess in the end. I think it’s time we changed that ending.” As a woman who grew up reading tales about fragile princesses waiting for their knights in shining armor to sweep in and save the day, I cannot tell you how good hearing those lines feels, and that is the biggest reason why this adaptation is worthwhile.
The Fabulous Feminist Review SunitiNamjoshi’s work has always been one to dismantle established norms of gender, sexuality and even literature. The Fabulous Feminist published by Zubaan in 2012 was a revival of Suniti’s powerful work.Namjoshi’s work is a rewriting of canonical literature, of fairy tales and even of Shakespeare. Drawing from Indian and Western fairy tales, Namjoshioffers us an opportunity to consider fairy tales as sites of subversive forces. Though Jack Zipes and other scholars have pointed out the subversive potential of fairy tales, they are restricted to western fairy tales. Namjoshi gives us subversive popular Hindu Indian fairy tales, those from the Panchatantra.
Written in 1898 by Kate Chopin, “The Storm” is a short story full of symbolism, themes (marriage, adultery, sexuality), conflict (moral, emotional, intellectual), and criticism of the role of the women in that period. Because of the explicitly and advanced and liberal thinking presented in “The Storm”, the short story was published in 1969. It is important to mention that “The Storm” it’s the sequel to Chopin’s “At the Cadian Ball”. Although there’s no need to read the sequel to understand better “The Storm”, it’s in the sequel were the characters of the stories first met. The important symbols in this short story are: the storm itself, the symbols of the Catholic era, and the use of whiteness.
When Angela Carter died in 1992, Salman Rushdie said that “English literature has lost its high sorceress, its benevolent witch-queen,” Margaret Atwood called her “the Fairy Godmother,” BBC Late Show presenter “white witch of English literature,” and J.G. Ballard a “friendly witch.” Thus, due to her interest in fairy tales and folklore, the praises and compliments she received were mainly about her rewriting of fairy tales. As Stephen Benson suggests, “the facet of Carter’s work that seems to have made the transition into the mainstream is its association with the fairy tale,” since “[t]he majority of her work as editor and translator revolved around the fairy tale.” In fact, she is preoccupied with fairy tales in most of her fiction works, including her novels, which frequently include fairy-tale motifs or images. As Merja Makinen points out, fairy-tale elements had been present in Carter’s work as early as in her novel The Magic Toyshop (1967). However, it was during the 1970s that Carter became “more explicitly and systematically interested in narrative models that pre-date the novel: fairy tales, folk tales, and other forms that develop by accretion and retelling,” and focused on editing, translating and rewriting fairy tales.
The following essay will analyze Charles Perrault’s “Little Red Riding Hood”. The main focal point is the difference of how the story would have been interpreted during another culture and time. Perrault wrote this fairytale during seventeenth century France, and through his writing he expresses his concern about “...attractive, well bred ladies…”accompanying themselves with strangers. However, if the same story was to be written in the 20th century, the story would focus more on the consequences of the, “...wicked wolf...”, manipulating the young girl into getting into bed with him. Charles Perrault adapted the fairytale during what some consider the Golden Age of France, when literature, history, education, and the arts were influencing the nation unlike ever before.
In the early 20th century American style, the princess was shown through a traditional fairy tale and they needs rescuing by the nearby prince. For instance, Cinderella portrayed as a slave at the same time enforced enslavement for the rest of her life. However, her destiny was changed when she married with the prince. Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were tales that drew on traditional legends, powerless of helping themselves and getting out of their own troubles. Thus, according to Michael，the gender perpectives and favouritism can influence particular film’s image and the way to emphasize the impact of each gender of characters in movies.
Journeys all have the capability of metamorphosing the journeyer through a series of thought provoking experiences and physical affliction. These concepts are explored in the memoir My Place (1987), written by Sally Morgan, who writes about the journeys of self acceptance of her mother Gladys and grandmother Daisy Coruuna; Chocolat (2000), directed by Lasse Hallstrom, where the change in personalities are noticed in Josephine Muscat and Le Comte de Reynaud and in Hansel and Gretel, written by The Brothers Grimm. Accordingly, journeys can cause enormous transformations to occur within an individual, leading to them discovering themselves for the people that they truly are, as explained in Gladys’ story. Despite experiencing clear emotional distress due to being separated from her family, Gladys still felt loved by the older Aboriginal girls, who took extra care of her during her stay at the Parkerville children’s home. This is exemplified when Gladys, along with her friends are being dressed by the older black girls, and she says, “I guess that was one of the few times I was lucky to be black”.