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The fairy tale intertext in Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace and Anne Hébert's Kamouraska

  • Author / Creator
    Li Sheung Ying, Melissa S.
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2010-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3DB1D
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Comparative Literature
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Sywenky, Irene (Comparative Literature)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Almon, Bert (English and Film Studies)
    • Sayed, Asma (Comparative Literature)