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Title: Telling our own stories : women, desire, and narrative in fairy tales, with special reference to the works of Angela Carter and A.S. Byatt
Author: Murai, Mayako
ISNI:       0000 0001 3432 2858
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2001
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This thesis explores the implication of desire in the fairy-tale narrative and investigates the ways in which the works of Angela Carter and A. S. Byatt deal with this issue. Using a methodology which combines Freud's psychoanalytic theory with theories of narrative, this study argues that the desire which traditionally drives the fairy-tale plot is masculine, whether the protagonist be male or female. Whereas canonical fairy tales stage an Oedipal drama in which the masculine subject penetrates the feminine space in order to establish himself as Man, Carter's and Byatt's rewritings of fairy tales illustrate creatively different ways of offering alternatives to this masculine plot. This study concludes that a truly effective feminist critique of the fairy tale must take into account the desire at work in the traditional fairy-tale narrative and its inherently masculine nature, and that a truly challenging-feminist and otherwise-rewriting of fairy tales must engage in reworking this universal/masculine conception of narrative desire.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Women