ERIC Number: EJ785323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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Power Relationships in Rumpelstiltskin: A Textual Comparison of a Traditional and a Reconstructed Fairy Tale
Kelley, Jane E.
Children's Literature in Education, v39 n1 p31-41 Mar 2008
Reconstructed fairy tales provide a different point of view and challenge the assumptions of a common set of values; for that reason, these stories provide a medium in which to examine power relationships in texts by applying a critical multicultural analysis (Botelho & Rudman, forthcoming, 2008, "A critical multicultural analysis of children's literature: Mirrors, windows and doors." New York: Lawrence Erlbaum) to identify and analyze power relations of "Rumpelstiltskin" (Grimm & Grimm, 1812/1987, New York: Bantam) and "Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter" (Stanley, 1997, New York: Morrow Junior Books). Specifically, this study examines how power is exercised on a continuum: domination, collusion, resistance, and agency. Findings indicate that by identifying and questioning text ideologies, critical readers can consider how texts maintain, counteract, or promote alternative systemic power structures.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Fairy Tales, Ideology, Power Structure, Criticism, Comparative Analysis
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