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Beyond the BlockbustersThemes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction$
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Rebekah Fitzsimmons and Casey Alane Wilson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496827135

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.001.0001

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New Heroines in Old Skins: Fairy Tale Revisions in Young Adult Dystopian Literature

New Heroines in Old Skins: Fairy Tale Revisions in Young Adult Dystopian Literature

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(p.95) 7 New Heroines in Old Skins: Fairy Tale Revisions in Young Adult Dystopian Literature
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Beyond the Blockbusters
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Jill Coste

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.003.0007

This chapter examines three Sleeping Beauty retellings to illustrate the way dystopian scenarios complicate traditional fairy tale tropes. Dystopian literature and fairy tale retellings often feature elements of embodiment, romance, and political activism, and this chapter uses these key notions to consider how the dystopian fairy tale deploys feminist empowerment. While YA dystopian fairy tales often highlight collective action and social activism to resist the status quo, others reproduce troubling representations of passive heroines. This chapter argues that the dystopian YA fairy tale is uniquely primed to address the potential and power of contemporary young women.

Keywords:   Fairy tales, Sleeping Beauty, Dystopia, Activism, Romance

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