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Belle The Bookworm?

Disney’s version of Beauty and the Beast was touted as a modern feminist retelling of the ancient story, in that Beauty read (gasp) books. What a very emancipated and independent heroine she must be! But wait just a moment: was she reading works of great literature or mighty erudition? Or was she perhaps perusing practical […]

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 12:02 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
In: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Fairy Tales

Let’s Hear It For The Ugly Sisters

There have been subversive retellings of the Cinderella story, and so there should be. Everyone has to believe that the Ugly Sisters were vain, cruel and nasty, because of the universal conviction that the face is the mirror of the soul. In fact, it was only rational for the unfortunate sisters to fear financial exclusion […]

Posted on April 18, 2009 at 08:38 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Fairy Tales