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Beauty and the beast: The problem of the female hero in children's literature


2005 2005

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This study is an historical exploration of the fairy tale archetype, “Beauty and the Beast,” a “degenerate” form of the myth “Eros and Psyche.” The heroic quest cycle is missing in this story about young women-a traditional element m archetypal stories about young men. When basic elements are missing in an archetype, it is evidence of a “pathology.” That omission is part of an ideology that is meant to influence perceptions about the proper role for young women in society. Popular stories, like fairy tales and romances, reflect the material conditions of the communities in which they are told and are conservative; but as these conditions change, so do the stories. Women have won greater equality in the last century; therefore, new stories reflecting the material conditions of equality have begun to appear.

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Subject
Folklore;
Comparative literature
Classification
0358: Folklore
0295: Comparative literature
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics
Title
Beauty and the beast: The problem of the female hero in children's literature
Author
McCabe, Paul R.
Number of pages
90
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0582
Source
MAI 43/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542039188, 0542039184
Advisor
Smith, Lyle E.
University/institution
California State University, Dominguez Hills
University location
United States -- California
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1431194
ProQuest document ID
305374323
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305374323
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