Black-winged angels : theoretical underpinnings

Slatter, Angela Gaye (2006) Black-winged angels : theoretical underpinnings. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The creative work, Black-Winged Angels, is a collection of nine re-written fairytales. The collection is divided into three sections: Maiden, Mother, Crone and the three stories in each section explore various aspects of these traditional periods in a woman's life. The tales are re-written, or 're-loaded', to offer alternative views of the tales of childhood, to examine other forces that may be at work inside the stories themselves, and the possible consequences of 'living' those tales differently.

The exegesis examines the colonisation and reclamation of a range of fairy tales. It traces the historical shift from oral to literary fairy tale traditions, and the ensuing patriarchal rewriting of those fairytales. The exegesis then considers the writing of Angela Carter and Emma Donoghue (specifically The Bloody Chamber and Kissing the Witch, respectively), in terms of how their work in the fairytale genre has both succeeded in, and failed to, avoid a simple inversion of gender with their revisions of the colonised literary fairytales.

The exegetical work has grown, in large part, out of the process of critical reflexivity to which I have subjected my creative work. I chose Angela Carter's and Emma Donoghue's works of revisionist fairytales to act as 'bookends' for my own work; Carter as a starting point for fairytale reclamation and Donoghue as a more recent incarnation of the fairytale revisionist. In reflecting on my own work, I often looked back at what these two authors had done, to guide me in the eternal writers' struggle of what to leave in, what to leave out, and where to take the tale.

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ID Code: 16351
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Bourke, Nicole & Bolland, Craig
Keywords: Fairytales, Angela Carter, Emma Donoghue, Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, Feminism, Gender roles, (Female) agency, Creative writing, Female collaboration, Female community
Divisions: Past > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Angela Gaye Slatter
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:01
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:46

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