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fairy tale intertext
Alias Grace
Comparative Literature
Anne Hébert
contemporary fiction and the fairy tale
Canadian women's fiction
Margaret Atwood
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University of Alberta
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Li Sheung Ying, Melissa S.
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Sywenky, Irene (Comparative Literature)
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Sayed, Asma (Comparative Literature)
Almon, Bert (English and Film Studies)
Comparative Literature

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Master of Arts
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This study examines the use of the fairy tale intertext in contemporary Canadian women’s fiction. In using specific fairy tale plots, themes, motifs, and/or characters within their works of fiction, women writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries purposefully express their goal for the revival and continuity of the female narrative voice and sense of agency. To explore the fairy tale-fiction relationship, Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace and Anne Hébert’s Kamouraska are approached from what fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes has constructed as the theory of contamination of the fairy tale genre. The fairy tale genre’s integration into contemporary fiction represents an important development where fairy tale narratives are critically reread so as to bring out deeper meanings for the contemporary audience.
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