Utopia, dystopia, and cultural controversy in 'Ever After' and 'The Grimm Brothers' Snow White'

John Stephens, Robyn McCallum

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Abstract

Two film retellings of fairy tales from the 1990s exemplify how familiar fairy tales can be reshaped to address major cultural preoccupations. On the one hand, the utopian narrative 'Ever After' affirms neohumanistic values such as deep memory, knowable origins, and teleology in narrative and culture. In contrast, 'The Grimm Brothers' Snow White' is postmodernist and dystopian, hybridizing apocalyptic and Gothic narrative structures and themes, and drawing on modern phenomena such as 'the beauty myth,' to present characters playing out an old story to an outcome which resists both teleology and closure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-213
Number of pages13
JournalMarvels and tales : journal of fairy-tale studies
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • fairy tales
  • motion pictures
  • utopia
  • dystopia

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