Fairy Tales on the Teen Screen

Rituals of Girlhood

Authors: Bellas, Athena

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  • - First book-length study of the relationship between contemporary teen screen media and the fairy tale
  • - Redeploys Victor Turner’s work on liminality for a feminist agenda
  • - Thorough explication of liminality in the teen girl rite-of-passage narrative will provide a new and very productive method for thinking about girlhood onscreen
  • - Covers a range of teen media, including film, television, and online media 
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About this book

This book examines how the fairy tale is currently being redeployed and revised on the contemporary teen screen. The author redeploys Victor Turner’s work on liminality for a feminist agenda, providing a new and productive method for thinking about girlhood onscreen. While many studies of teenagehood and teen film briefly invoke Turner’s concept, it remains an underdeveloped framework for thinking about youth onscreen. The book’s broad scope across teen media—including film, television, and online media—contributes to the need for contemporary analysis and theorisation of our multimedia cultural climate.

About the authors

Athena Bellas is a tutor, lecturer, subject co-ordinator and Honours supervisor in the Faculty of Arts and the Screen and Cultural Studies Department, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Reviews

“The classic fairy tales of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood or Sleeping Beauty may seem to offer the most conventional, conservative monuments of patriarchal culture. But, as Athena Bellas demonstrates in her dazzlingly erudite analysis, the modern ‘teen screens’ of cinema (Twilight, Aquamarine) and TV (Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl) produce provocative, ambivalent, sometimes radical responses to and revisions of these myths. Playful and incisive, lucid and subtle, Fairy Tales on the Teen Screen: Rituals of Girlhood heralds a genuine breakthrough in the feminist analysis of popular culture.” (Adrian Martin, Monash University, author of Mise en Scène and Film Style)

“Athena Bellas expertly illustrates that when screen girls activate their voice and gaze in the context of liminality and community, a counterintuitive link between fairy tales and feminism forms.  Addressing both broadly popular and niche cult texts, the book reminds us of the power of adaptation, revision, and trenchant feminist analysis.  A delight to read!” (Sarah Projansky, University of Utah, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Fairy Tales on the Contemporary Teen Screen

    Pages 1-36

    Bellas, Athena

  • An Escape to the Forest in Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood (2011)

    Pages 37-68

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  • When Sleeping Beauty Wakes: The Twilight Film Series, Liminal Time and Fantasy Images

    Pages 69-105

    Bellas, Athena

  • Liminal Communitas and Feminist Solidarity: Transforming ‘Bluebeard’ in Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family 2010–)

    Pages 107-146

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  • Cinderella’s Transformation: Public Liminality and Style as Subversion in Gossip Girl (The CW 2007–2012)

    Pages 147-188

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Buy this book

eBook 58,84 €
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Bulk discounts available
Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
Softcover 72,79 €
price for Spain (gross)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fairy Tales on the Teen Screen
Book Subtitle
Rituals of Girlhood
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64973-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64973-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64972-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87915-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 250
Number of Illustrations
20 illustrations in colour
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