112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Once Upon a Time

Session Chair: 
Elena Polyudova, Defense Language Institute
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
RCC Raincross A
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  1. Sarah McLain, Simmons College
    Tracing the foundation of re-visioning feminist fairy tales, this paper performs a cultural analysis of Levine's Ella Enchanted in order to illustrate the subtle ongoing ideological shift that second wave feminism infused into the larger cultural narrative of fairy tales.
  2. Masha Grigoryan, Los Angeles Pierce College
    This paper analyzes the mother-daughter relationship from two perspectives: how Disney’s versions of the mother-daughter relationship in popularized princess fairytales create a problematic picture of family; and how the mother-daughter relationship can be a deciding factor in the personality of the child and can promote unhealthy lineage, using the developed Snow White story in the new TV series Once Upon a Time.
  3. Nicole Ivey, California State University, San Bernardino
    The television show Once Upon a Time takes on the fairy tale cannon, its central storyline focusing on the Snow White tale. Through this modern revision, the Evil Queen reclaims her identity as a mother, and thereby reclaims the stepmother figure from her marginalized cultural position.
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